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Sociology study at Goldsmiths offers a wide range of topics. In terms of future employment this means you can focus on areas of interest and use these to help decide on a career area. You will also develop skills that you can apply in the workplace.

What skills will I gain from a Sociology degree?

As a Sociology student you'll gain plenty of skills that are sought by employers including research and writing, presentation skills, analysis and the ability for critical thought, working collaboratively with others, developing opinions and new ideas on societal issues and organising your work and meeting deadlines. 

What kinds of industries do Sociology graduates work in?

  • Central and local government
    The Civil Service Fast-Stream fast tracks graduates into policy roles. If you fancy local government there is a similar scheme called The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).
  • Community work and advice work
    This involves hands-on work helping communities and individuals solve problems and have better lives. Local government is a large provider of jobs.
  • Socially-focused professions
    These may include youth work, social work, careers advice, teaching or counselling. You will need to take further qualifications to enter these areas.
  • Social research organisations and think tanks
    The biggest employer is the Government Social Research Service (GSR) where you could be working on anything from community cohesion to gender equality. There are other organisations in this field of work ranging from university-based research institutes and think tanks to consultancies with one or two self-employed individuals.

Where do Goldsmiths Sociology graduates work?

Sociology graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries. Some of our recent graduates now work for companies and institutions as diverse as Citizens Advice Bureau, Government Digital Service, Breast Cancer Care, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Adecco. 

Sociology graduate stories:

Jess

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"I was really curious as to how technology was impacting society for better or worse."

"I chose to study at Goldsmiths because I was really curious as to how technology was impacting society for better or worse. Goldsmiths' MA Digital Sociology programme provided all of that and more. I think the practical elements of the programme really spoke to me - we weren't just learning about theories or technology, we were making things and doing applied research too. The highlight for me was those 'a-ha’ and geek-out moments, where you grasp sociological concepts enough to be able to apply them to questions you or others may have about digital life. 

I've recently been working as a user researcher at the Government Digital Service, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods to ensure the voice of the British public is heard throughout the design process for the gov.uk website. For me it was the perfect way to use the skills that really resonated with me throughout the Digital Sociology programme. More generally, I think the capacities of being able to identify a research problem, formulate a good question and thoroughly investigate it is invaluable."

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