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Career Prospects

Our students study for many reasons; personal development, to gain an academic qualification or to start or progress their career.

Previous students have gone on to work in charities, the community, health and voluntary sectors, local government and research. Some have set up their own enterprises. Others have chosen to do further study in order to pursue careers in teaching (secondary, further and higher education), counselling and social work.

Your course and university experience will give you skills which can be transferred to a wide variety of careers. Such skills include communication, persuasion, analytical and problem solving skills, time management and working under pressure. All these are very desirable to employers.

As many graduate jobs are open to students from all degree subjects, there are a huge range of career possibilities. For example, jobs in marketing, finance and HR. You could also work in a range of sectors such as arts, culture and recreation, energy and utilities, public services and transport.

Here are just some of the new careers our graduates have chosen to pursue:


  • Teacher: primary and secondary
  • Lecturer: FE and HE
  • Community worker
  • Social researcher
  • Youth worker
  • Manager of early years settings
  • Management trainee
  • Team leader
  • Counsellor
  • Local government officer
  • Case worker (MP)

Many have chosne to work in voluntary settings or to continue their studies at higher level, including on our MA in Social Work course and our Postgraduate Diploma in Education (FE and Skills Sector).

Career support

The University of Warwick is the most targetted university in the country by employers* and its Student Careers service and Student Development and Skills enable our students at all levels to devise and implement their lifelong learning career plans, advising on the range of employment opportunities open to you. The centre supports students in increasing their self awareness, developing new skills and making decisions about future plans.

CLL students offer employers evidence of their ability to manage a blend of life and work experience that graduate recruiters look for in their selection processes. Typically, CLL graduates will be committed, motivated, good time managers and be able to work effectively with a diverse range of people. All Warwick students get the chance to network with employers at careers fairs on campus and through local volunteering opportunities facilitated by Warwick Volunteers.

Those with existing work records can add to their appeal through higher education study, developing critical thinking, creative problem-solving and effective report writing skills as well as adding specific knowledge to their practical experience.

* Source: High Fliers Report 2016/17

Hear from our graduates

At our Winter Graduation 2016, our Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years graduates and MA Social Work graduates told us about their employment options and how their new degree has helped them progress in their career:

This video was filmed in July 2015. All opinions expressed in the video are the student's own.

This video was filmed in January 2017. All opinions expressed in the video are the student's own.

This video was filmed in July 2015. All opinions expressed in the video are the student's own.

Alumni profiles

Which careers are our students in?

Julia Walsh
Course: 2+2
PhD Scholarship

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Journey: MSc Health Research


Dawn Wilson
Course: 2+2
Currently: Warwickshire County Council

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Journey: Graduate Teacher Training Route, Master of Education