Careers and Entrepreneurship

Social Work

Find out what you can do with a Social Work degree and what previous Social Work 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

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 Social Work graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Social Work graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 100% of respondents from Social Work were in work or further study. 93% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

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

Employers: Brighton & Hove City Council - East Sussex County Council - West Sussex County Council - Surrey County Council - Central and North West London NHS - YOU Trust - Compass Fostering

Job roles: Social Worker - Supervising Social Worker - Mental Health Administrator - Domestic Violence Worker

Further study: MA Gender Studies (Sussex)

More ideas

  • Your degree in Social Work - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Social Work graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connect - make connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

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 workinsight dayssummer 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 social work, 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 Social Work include thinking about ethical issues and dilemmas, flexibilty, qualitative data analysis, self-awareness, communication skills, critical evaluation and professional judgement.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

Finding opportunities