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Sociology and Social Policy

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If you study with us, you will be able to access a wide range of practical careers advice, support and feedback from a careers consultant that specialises in your subject. 

Bespoke careers advice and support

The Careers Service provides bespoke careers support to School of Sociology and Social Policy students. They will work with you throughout your time at university. They will help you plan what to do after your degree; suggest career ideas; search for job vacancies, work experience and opportunities; and help you improve your applications.

In particular, The Careers Service can help you ...

  • make realistic decisions about your next steps
  • explore information about occupations, employers, postgraduate training and industry sectors
  • understand and assess the available opportunities
  • assess your own potential
  • choose wisely from all the options open to you
  • help you put together and action plan
  • help with your job search strategy.

Find out more about the Careers Service

As a student at the School of Sociology and Social Policy, our University Careers Centre offers you guided opportunities to explore all your career possibilities, plan for your future and compete for jobs when you graduate.  

Here are some of our careers centre's services.

One to One support

The Careers Centre drop-in service is open Monday to Friday, during term-time and holidays for any career-related query you may have.

  • Career planning and advice on work experience
  • One to One help with applications and CVs
  • Advice on professional postgraduate qualifications
  • Alumni advice and tips

Employer information and events

  • Over 460 separate employer events a year
  • Individual employer presentations
  • Online database of hundreds of job vacancies and internships

Employability workshops

Our Careers Centre also runs sessions to give you the opportunity to analyse your own skills and attributes, and consider how employers may see you.

You can then relate your findings to your career decisions and consider the best ways of presenting yourself to prospective employers and leaders of new courses.

Workshops include ...

  • CVs and applications
  • interview skills
  • assessment centre preparation
  • commercial awareness
  • networking
  • public, charity and private sector careers and internships
  • aptitude testing…and much more.   

Careers modules

The Careers Centre offers a range of accredited modules which are offered as electives to be taken alongside a degree. Our modules are open to all undergraduate students and are a great opportunity to ...

  • develop a clearer picture of their career motivations
  • understand entrepreneurship
  • take a work placement year and find out more about the graduate job market direct from recruiters and Career Consultants.

More information

Our careers centre can support you with organising work experience to enhance your employability and explore career possibilities.

You may consider ...

  • a structured summer internship
  • vacation or part-time work
  • a work placement year
  • a work placement in Europe
  • an internship via the Leeds Internship Programme
  • Insight days
  • a self-created experience
  • any ad-hoc experience.

Work Placement Year

You can organise your own work placement year to sit between the second and final year of your degree.

The placement or placements (maximum of three) should amount to nine months of full time work. You will receive support from a dedicated placement tutor, and you would keep a portfolio and give a formal presentation on your return to the university for your final year.  

You would be responsible for organising your own placement, but our careers centre will give you guidance and support.

Leeds Internship Programme

The Careers Centre offer a wide range of exclusive, paid opportunities each year to our undergraduates and new graduates. 

  • Summer internships for 1st, 2nd or penultimate year undergraduates in businesses, charities and university departments.
  • Twelve-month undergraduate placements working for the University of Leeds.
  • Winter internships in SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) for our recent graduates.

Applicants to the Leeds Internship Programme receive support through the application process and beyond.

Insight days

Insight days provide a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into a particular company or sector.  Offered by many large graduate recruiters, they give you the chance to spend a day in an office, discovering what the company does in order to get a better understanding of its business. You can also benefit from plenty of practical advice about what makes a good appplication, and pick up tips about applications and interview techniques.  

For more information about work experience possibilities, please see the Careers Centre: work experience.

Work placement in Europe

This opportunity allows you to arrange a work placement in one of thirty-two European countries and have the placement recognised as part of your degree course under the Erasmus scheme.

As a University of Leeds student, you have access to online resources that will help you navigate potential career possibilities and identify your own skills and abilities.

Leeds for Life

Leeds for Life will help you to make the most of your time at the University of Leeds.

The scheme is a model of personal tutoring that provides you with structured one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor through-out your degree.

Leeds for Life has a web presence that allows you to prepare for your personal tutorial, access development and co-curricular opportunities available through your school and the university.

You also keep a living CV where you can access the information from your personal tutor sessions, your exam marks, and keep a copy of your personal statement.  

The Leeds for Life Foundation can also help you to make the most of your time at University. If you have an idea for a project that fits the spirit of Leeds for Life and will develop your skills, the Leeds for Life Foundation could help with a cash grant to make it happen.

If you study with us, you will have access to a variety of resources to help you improve your academic skills and organisational abilities.


Skills@library offers workshops, online tutorials, one-to-one drop-in sessions, and a range of online resources to help you develop your academic and organisational skills.

Areas covered through skills@library include improving maths, reading and writing skills, developing critical thinking, acquiring efficient note-taking and time management skills, and learning professional presentation skills, along with improving your exam technique. There are even audio-visual resources to help you improve your vocal presentation!

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