3 March 2020
As a second year student, I’m currently in this weird part of my studies where I need to start thinking about future careers, work experience, building my CV – basically, where do I want my degree in sociology to take me?
When I first decided to study Sociology, I didn’t have a specific career in mind, I just knew that I loved the subject. That was a great decision from the beginning as it has meant studying has never felt like a chore and I’ve really enjoyed studying my degree.
I have used career sites to help me refine some career opportunities and I knew that, ultimately, I wanted to do a job where I could have an impact and help people. I thought about maybe having a job in social work, perhaps helping vulnerable children or struggling families, and I think I will keep this option open as I head into the world of work.
However, I do have one career in mind that I have always wanted to do, and that hasn’t changed as I come to the end of my degree, Teaching. Right now, this is my aim. I know my mind could change a million times before I commit, and that’s okay! Through the experience I have gained working as an ambassador for ARU, I know that I enjoy speaking to people, and like I said earlier, I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives! ARU has really helped me to think about my future, with career meetings and workshops within the university helping me feel so supported.
After I graduate, I would like to maybe further my studies by doing a Masters, and then teaching will be my first option career-wise. But, you never know what opportunities are going to arise in the future, so I’m definitely keeping my options open a bit, just for now. That’s definitely a huge benefit of studying a degree like sociology: really, the opportunities are endless.
It can be a stressful time trying to plan out the next few years – but I’m excited for the future! I think this is a common fear for third year university students to face, but being positive and taking every opportunity I can has really helped prepare me for this next big step.