Careers and personal development

Our degrees provide the chance to learn about societies and cultures in order to help change them, to develop skills that are valuable for a diverse range of careers, and to build up your own strengths and passions.

Personal Development

We have a dedicated Careers Tutor who works with the University careers service to offer many opportunities: to gain different work experiences through our placement and internship programmes, to develop application skills, and to learn about preparing your CV.  86% of our graduates from the Department either find graduate-level employment or are in postgraduate study within 6 months of completing their degrees. You can read more about what some of our alumni have gained from studying at Lancaster.

Placements and Internships

Work placements can provide you with the kind of work experience that is highly valued in the increasingly competitive graduate job market. They are a great way to earn money, boost your CV, develop your skills and make new career contacts.

Through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and our Social Work degree, you will have access to various kinds of work placements.

Each year, to support students in exploring placement opportunities, we run a Future Talent Workshop that helps students:

  • Find out more about work placement opportunities and how to apply
  • Work on their CVs and application skills in a practical session
  • Hear about other students’ experiences on work placements

Read what our students say about their experiences on social work placements, and a school placement.

Lancaster Award

The Lancaster Award is a non-academic, non-crediting bearing certificate developed in partnership with employers to help you make the most of your time at Lancaster and to demonstrate the skills you have developed along the way.  We want you to stand out from the crowd - the Lancaster Award will help you to do this. Find out more.

Transferable skills

Our degrees teach transferable skills that employers value:

  • The ability to think critically, test assumptions, and analyse complex information
  • The capacity to plan, organize and realize a variety of written work
  • The ability to work productively in a team, listening to others and contributing to the realization of shared goals
  • The ability to communicate ideas to different audiences
  • IT and other media skills

Possible career paths

Our graduates go on to employment in the private and public sectors:

  • public relations
  • advertising and marketing
  • journalism
  • other creative media professions
  • qualitative market research
  • public service professionals
  • administrative roles in government and other organizations
  • education and teaching
  • social work
  • police force
  • consulting and human resources
  • law
  • business and finance
  • and on to postgraduate study and training at Lancaster and beyond

Further information about possible career paths for sociology students can be found on the British Sociological Association's website.