A degree in social policy gives you the knowledge and understanding to influence major decisions that affect the community around you
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Charity officer
- Civil Service administrator
- Government social research officer
- Health service manager
- Housing manager/officer
- Local government officer
- Policy officer
- Politician's assistant
- Social researcher
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Data analyst
- Data scientist
- Education administrator
- Human resources officer
- International aid/development worker
- Police officer
- Public affairs consultant
- Youth worker
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Some government departments offer sandwich course placements, internships, vacation visits and work experience. These can be a useful way to gain relevant skills and try out working within the Civil Service. Some degree courses offer an optional work placement year to further develop your skills.
Look for opportunities linked to your field of interest. If you would like to work in health service management, for example, approach local NHS authorities and trusts for work experience.
Any experience that involves supporting or helping members of the public is also useful. Many public sector, volunteering and charitable organisations offer opportunities to gain relevant experience and develop your skills. Consider helping with voluntary projects or getting involved in local charity or community work.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Many social policy graduates find employment in management positions. Within public sector organisations this can include NHS authorities and trusts, the criminal justice system (including the police), local or central government and the Civil Service. In the private sector you could find work within areas such as HR, marketing, retail and banking.
Opportunities also occur in social work and other personal social services work, social and political research organisations and further and higher education institutions.
You could apply for a place on a graduate management training scheme in health, housing, the police, think tanks or specialist agencies.
Skills for your CV
Social policy courses teach a range of skills that are essential for a career in public service, policy or government. You'll be able to research, interpret and evaluate data from social surveys and research publications, and make connections between social policy and the real world.
You also develop other skills that can be used in many careers. These include:
- problem solving using a methodical and organised approach
- analytical skills
- sensitivity to the values and interests of others
- communication, both written and verbal
- the ability to handle numerical data
- proficiency in the use of information technology.
Social policy graduates go on to further professional and vocational training in areas such as teaching, law, housing management, health and social care services, advocacy and voluntary work. Further study is also possible in areas such as marketing, finance, IT and business.
You may choose to specialise in an area that you were interested in during your undergraduate degree, such as housing or urban regeneration. Other areas of study include social diversity, criminal justice, youth and community work and politics.
What do social policy graduates do?
More than two fifths of public administration and social policy graduates are in employment within six months of graduation.
Just over a quarter either go on to further study or combine study and work, either to specialise in a particular subject or to undertake further professional training in areas such as law, housing, teaching and finance.
|Working and studying||6.8|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Legal, social and welfare||18.2|
|Childcare, health and education work||14|
|Business, HR and financial||11.1|
|Retail, catering and bar work||9.8|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.