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Career Options

Supporting your professional development

In the GSD Department, we have a dedicated Employability and Placement Manager, Bodrun Nahar, who’ll provide you with one-to-one careers guidance. Bodrun works in collaboration with employers, so you’ll be supported in securing appropriate work placements. You’ll have access to specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation, as well as on-going support during your placement.


What careers can I go into as a GSD graduate?


    As a GSD graduate, you have a wide range of career pathways that are available to you. This is demonstrated by the variety of work placements that our students have completed with employers from different sectors.

    Our students have been successful in securing work placements with employers from the private, public, and third sectors. This includes:

    • Research Institutions
    • Governmental Bodies
    • Non-Governmental Organisations
    • Intelligence Agencies
    • Housing
    • Sustainable Consultancies
    • Finance

    Our students have undertaken diverse roles such as:

    • Marketing Assistant
    • Sustainability Officer
    • Intelligence Analyst
    • Researchers
    • Teaching
    • Human Resources
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    Skills and Strengths

    You will learn valuable transferable skills that will help you with your employment prospects including:

    • Analysing and problem-solving: Through your study of economic principles and models, you’ll learn how to extract the essential features of complex systems, providing useable frameworks for evaluation
    • Critical thinking: Assess arguments, make judgements, formulate reasoned debates and generate feasible solutions
    • Communication: Develop advanced communication skills that enable you to communicate with a variety of audiences and in different settings
    • Research: An integrated programme of research skills training, teaching you how to source, evaluate and use different forms of information and data
    • Organisation: Through a rigorous assessment schedule and a compulsory dissertation module in your final year, you’ll learn the essentials of time management, prioritisation and how to be well organised
    • Collaboration: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with others and nurture your emotional intelligence, developing a professional attitude

    Top Tips for Careers

    • Don’t discount the activities you have done before you get to university – these are a foundation for you to build on and can inform your future direction/interests.
    • There are so many opportunities available to you across the university and beyond and they are often difficult to locate. Ask staff members from different departments and students from previous years.
    • Don’t take on everything you come across in the first month of getting to university. Gather information on what opportunities are out there. Once you arrive, ask questions to lots of different people, throughout your degree. You might find a sport you've never heard of and want to take on a leadership role; you might be interested in research and apply for a grant from one of Warwick's undergraduate research funds; you might want to work on or off campus to assist financially and further your career. Take your time to make these decisions.
    • It’s never too early to start thinking about work experience and employability skills development. Equally, it’s never too late either. Speak to someone, from Careers staff, your department, or the Students' Union.

    Warwick's Employer Reputation

    • 3rd most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2020, High Fliers Research Ltd.)
    • Warwick has been ranked as having the 6th highest earning graduates in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)

    • Warwick is ranked 32nd in the world for our reputation with employers (QS World University Rankings 2020)


    Careers and Skills

    You’ll also have access to the University’s Student Opportunity resources (including careers counselling, employment advice, and job fairs). For information about the dedicated Careers and Skills support offered at Warwick, please visit their website.