Careers and Entrepreneurship

Childhood and Youth

Find out what you can do with a Childhood and Youth degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Social and Welfare Services - Charity & Voluntary Sector - Teaching - Psychology - Public services - International Development - Civil Service

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Childhood and Youth graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Childhood and Youth graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 89% of respondents from Childhood and Youth were in work or further study. 50% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that Childhood and Youth graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: East Sussex County Council - Compass Fostering - Simply Supply

Job roles: Assessment and Planning Officer - Residential Support Worker - Nursery Nurse - Play Worker - Teaching Assistant - Student Support

Further study: MA Social Work (Sussex) - MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Sussex) - BSc Child Nursing (Kingston)

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Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

If you want to get into this area, think about taking a proactive approach. Contact charities, organisations and councils directly to enquire about work experience or workshadowing. Use the resources on our Social Work guide to search local organisations. Make speculative approaches.

When writing your CV and covering letter, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Childhood and Youth Studies include thinking about ethical awareness and sensitivity, flexibilty, verbal communication, interpersonal skills, organisation and time management, and teamwork.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

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