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This diverse sector appeals to graduates who are looking for rewarding work that makes a difference in people's lives. There are many roles available to graduates - some opportunities will require further professional qualifications and most will require (sometimes extensive) relevant paid or voluntary work experience.
Areas where you could work include but are not limited to:
Research the sector and keep up with current issues by reading:
Employers in this sector look for candidates who show real motivation to help others, plus evidence of some of these skills, depending on the organisation and specific role:
Depending on your area of interest, you may need a degree in a specific subject or be willing to undertake further qualifications.
Work experience is essential if you want to work in social care or social work. Work shadowing and work placements can help you learn more about the areas of the sector that most interest you, and volunteering will show your dedication to the sector and help you develop your skills.
Social care work
Working with offenders
Working with children and young people
See also the Psychology sector page for further suggestions and links to local care providers, including mental health support services.
Jobs are advertised on:
Graduate training opportunities in social care include:
Alternatively for some roles, such as social work, you could consider further study options as a route into the sector (eg completing a Masters in Social Work, such as the programme offered at York).
Keep up to date with the sector and learn about the types of jobs available with these podcasts.
Find a full list of recent event recordings on the Presentation and talks page.
Recent social care-related events: