Careers for Social Scientists - Explore Your Options

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Presentation by Claire Ward, Careers Adviser, October 2013

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Careers for Social Scientists - Explore Your Options

  1. 1. Careers for Social Scientists – explore your options Claire Ward Careers & Employability Adviser
  2. 2. Session will cover: • Where are you now in your career thinking? • How to move forward • Researching options • Where to look for jobs • A timetable for action!
  3. 3. Where are you now? Understanding who you are Researching options Making choices and taking action Gaining experience
  4. 4. Understanding who you are • Interests • Values • Personality • Skills gained through degree www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/
  5. 5. Where else have you developed transferable skills and experience? • Volunteering • Vacation schemes • Work experience • Part time work Project V • Clubs and societies • Student rep/ambassador roles • Placements • Year abroad
  6. 6. Researching job roles • Prospects • CEC Sector guides
  7. 7. Researching the labour market www.prospects.ac.uk/sectors.htm www.targetjobs.co.uk/career-sectors What Do Graduates Do? 2012
  8. 8. Where do graduates work? Public sector Commercial/ private sector Voluntary sector Self Employment Small & Medium sized companies (SMEs) Large graduate recruiters Freelance/‘entrepreneurs’ www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers
  9. 9. Taking action: looking for vacancies www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs: sign up for email alerts Graduate career websites and directories – Prospects, Milkround, Targetjobs Specialist career websites www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/careerchoices/researchingcareers Employer’s own website – look carefully for ‘careers’ Online networks Creative job hunting
  10. 10. Finalist Timetable Semester 1 Semester 2 • Talk through your plans (or lack of!) with an Adviser • Deadlines for many graduate schemes fall early. See: www.sussex.ac.uk/careers/jobs/graduateschemes • Research employers through events and Careers Fair 2013 • Start researching and applying for postgraduate courses • ‘Make it Happen’ • Interviews and assessment centres for graduate schemes. • Other graduate vacancies and internships advertised now. • Deadlines for some research council funding for postgraduate study.
  11. 11. Careers and Employability Centre support • Briefing sessions daily • Employer events • Short interview with a careers adviser: Mon – Fri from 10 am ‘til 5pm and Wed ‘til 7pm • Vacancies – part time, work experience, internships, graduate jobs www.sussex.ac.uk/careers
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