You may feel that a healthcare degree will mean you can only work in a hospital, or that a social work qualification will only lead to jobs with local authorities. But health and social care jobs can be found in all sectors.
Your nursing qualification could lead to a role helping private sector employees return to work after a period of serious illness, or a degree in speech and language therapy could enable you to support someone with a head injury to learn to swallow again. Working in oral health as a hygienist or dental therapist can also take you outside of your dental practice – you could visit schools as part of preventative and advice programmes.
Social work staff hold roles with charities that help individuals from marginalised communities access essential services, while occupational therapy graduates can support injured service personnel during their physical rehabilitation. Clinical Psychologists are likely to work in hospitals, community settings, schools and prisons, as well as alongside Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners in delivering IAPT services in locations such as healthcare centres, or community venues likes libraries and leisure centres.