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What can I do with my degree?

SPS Destinations

  • The specific skills and techniques gained by studying a SPS degree can be useful in numerous jobs. Professions include marketing associate professionals, business associated professionals, and HR related roles. Other areas of work may include politics and government, policy work, charity and development work, journalism, accountancy, social and political research, and education.
  • More than a fifth of graduates go on to further study and may choose to specialise in a particular subject at Masters level or broaden their opportunities and move into careers such as law and journalism.

Career Planning

careers receptionCareer planning is all about knowing yourself, knowing what's out there, making decisions and then implementing them. The first steps can be the hardest so use the following link and resources to start your journey.

The Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students and recent graduates explore different career options and make decisions for the future.

Explore your Options 

The Careers Service has resources to help you explore a diverse range of career options. Come into the Careers Service to browse our resources or to ask staff for help in researching your career areas of interest. A good place to start is with the Occupations section of the Careers service website.

Talk to a Careers Consultant

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You can talk over your options with a Careers Consultant or get feedback on applications through a short or long appointment. You can pre-book the appointment through MyCareerHub.

Explore Further Study

If you'd like information and advice on further study options here and abroad, or to find out about funding, then call into the Careers Service or take a look at the further study section of our website.

Looking for Work

You'll find graduate vacancies plus part-time, vacation and voluntary work opportunities via the Looking for Work section of the Careers Service website, including access to My Careers Hub, exclusively for current students and graduates ofr the University of Edinburgh. Check out all our resources for looking for both in the UK and abroad.

Advice on CVs, Application Forms and Interviews

We have a range of reference materials in the Careers Service to help you with the job applicaiton process.  We offer a range of lunchtime workshops on these topics.  All workshops will be advertised via MyCareersHub.  You can also book a mock interview, to get some practice before you go for the real thing.

Talks and Events

We offer a range of information sessions on different career areas, further study, skills sessions, employer presentations, and more.  There are also employer, further study and volunteering careers fairs.  You may need to book in advance for some of these but MyCareerHub will have all the details

Destinations for undergraduate degrees in SPS:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/your-future/options/degree-options/dlhe/cahss-destinations/sps-awards

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