land your dream job

After you graduate

Our graduates are highly sought after by sectors including:

  • Criminal justice, policing & law 
  • Media & creative industries 
  • Education 
  • Social research
  • Health and welfare services
  • Charity sector

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Land your dream job

One of the biggest myths about sociology degrees is that they are non-vocational. In fact, a degree from the Department of Sociology prepares you for many different careers.

Our graduates forge successful careers all over the world. Some go on to work in criminal justice, the media, and education – others in social research, health and welfare services, and the charity sector. So, one way or another, we’ll help you find your dream job. Read about the destinations of our graduates and connect with a Mentor working in your chosen sector at York Profiles and Mentors.

Employability skills

As a Sociology student, you’ll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. You’ll develop skills in problem-solving, evaluating evidence, forming reasoned arguments, thinking creatively, and considering different viewpoints. Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to lots of different industries.

Take control of your career development

We’ll help you take control of your career development and make the most of your time at University with our interactive online employability tutorial.

Get focused, gain experience and network

Preparing you for your career is our priority. From day one, we’ll help you focus your career goals, gain work experience, and meet the right employers.

Volunteering and Internships

You get work experience through the Student Internship Bureau, York Students in Schools, York Students in Communities, work-shadowing, part-time jobs, and even within our department. 

Study abroad

Perhaps you’ll want to look a little further afield for opportunities – and we’ll support you if you decide to travel or take advantage of our Study Abroad scheme.

We offer study abroad opportunities, to universities in Europe, the US, Australia, and Asia. These exchanges take place during the second year of study, and they are designed so that you can graduate along with your peers.

We are here to help you

Alongside your studies, our dedicated Employability Manager and our Careers Liaison Officer for Sociology will help you work out what you want to do and how you’re going to get there. And you will get there!

Employability Manager (Faculty of Social Sciences) 

Kelly McDonald
+44 (0)1904 323127

Careers Liaison for Sociology

Joanna Latimer
+44 (0)1904 324735