Your future

undergraduate student pictured in the Social Sciences Building

A degree from the School of Sociology and Social Policy provides you with skills valuable for a successful career making a difference. You'll have lots of opportunities to gain experience in a range of settings to make you more employable, and the support to help you to decide where you want your degree to take you. 

Rewarding careers

In recent years graduates have gone on to work in the public and private sector in roles such as:

  • Project Support Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Trainee Policy Officer
  • Copywriter
  • HR Services Officer
  • Graduate Management Trainee.

At companies including:

  • The Home Office
  • Leeds City Council
  • Hays
  • NHS
  • Omnicom Media Group
  • Capita.

Over 96% of our recent graduates have successfully secured employment or gone on to further study within six months of graduating.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2015-16

Gaining experience

You'll have a number of opportunities to help you get to where you want to be including the chance to:

Find out more about enrichment opportunities

Careers support

The Careers Centre

You’ll have access to the University’s award-winning careers centre. They are on hand to support you from day one. They offer one-to-one support for creating your CV, searching for jobs and internship opportunities, application support and mock interviews, as well as specialist career discovery modules.

Once you graduate you will still have access to the University of Leeds Careers Centre services.

For those graduates who can't visit the Careers Centre in person, but need advice, then you can ask your questions using the e-guidance service. Alternatively, you can contact the Careers Centre on +44 (0) 113 343 5295 or email:

You can also register for a graduate log in to access the exclusive MyCareer database of local, national and international job opportunities, as well as many student and graduate internship opportunities. 

Recruitment Fairs

Employers regularly visit campus to recruit our students. There are a number of graduate and internship career fairs held throughout the year attracting employers in the private, public and third sector looking to recruit Leeds students. 

Leeds for Life

Your personal tutor, who you’ll meet with regularly, will be involved in guiding your academic and personal development. Using Leeds for Life, they will encourage you to keep a personal and active record of all you have done and achieved. This will help you complete application forms and prepare for interviews.

The Leeds Network

The Leeds Network is an extensive network of alumni with a wide range of experiences, doing all kinds of jobs. Once you’re a Leeds student, you can contact alumni from the School of Sociology and Social Policy — or those in careers you’re interested in — to find out how they might be able to help you.

To get an idea of where some of our alumni have gone, check our prominent alumni page.

Sarah Hack BA Social Policy

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“I gained experience completing the ‘Beyond the University’ module in second year. It allows students to work a third sector organisations in the city. I chose to work with the non-profit organisation Foundation, a charity aiming to tackle social exclusion and isolation of all kinds. As a Student Researcher I looked into motivating young people into taking part in group activities and to build a network in Leeds to utilise local businesses and open up collaborative opportunities.”
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