Your career options

Your skills

At Essex you're taught to explore, question, challenge and think differently.

  • Sociology degree skills

    You'll gain a wide variety of transferable skills:

    • analyse, assess, and communicate empirical sociological information
    • formulate and investigate sociologically informed questions
    • identify and comment on different research strategies and methods
    • recognise the relevance of sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy
    • conduct sociological research in a preliminary way
    • design questionnaires and collect survey and interview data
    • apply methodologies applicable to media research
    • demonstrate high levels of numeracy and confidence in using statistical techniques and computer-based programs
    • appreciate the complexity and diversity of social situations
    • apply sociological theory to society's organisations, including schools, hospitals and offices
    • research, judge and evaluate complex information
    • make reasoned arguments
    • build strong IT skills
    • develop opinions and new ideas on societal issues
    • work collaboratively
    • understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world
    • organise work and meet deadlines

  • Criminology degree skills

    You'll gain a wide variety of transferable skills:

    • understand the social context of everyday crime and control
    • understand personal aspects of victimisation and responses to crime and deviance
    • demonstrate knowledge of global crime issues, such as terrorism and illegal migration, as well as crime control systems in relation to these issues
    • understand the criminal justice system from historical, political, sociological and legal perspectives, including current theories and research
    • identify the specific research tools to locate and critically evaluate crime
    • apply knowledge and theory to complex real-world crime situations
    • make ethical judgements
    • demonstrate firmness allied with courtesy and tact in delicate situations
    • use a variety of information technology to retrieve and present information, including statistical and numerical information
    • generating and evaluating evidence
    • making reasoned arguments and ethical judgments
    • critical thinking
    • analysing and interpreting data
    • report writing

If you're studying other subjects alongside sociology or criminology, you'll also develop further skills such as an increased awareness of politics related to criminology topics, or philosophy related to sociology topics.

Your career

When you graduate, you leave with a variety of skills to help you stand out when applying for a job. Our graduate profiles give you an idea of some of the careers you could go into.

Get advice

Throughout your studies, and once you leave Essex, we support you to ensure you get that dream job. Our Employability and Careers Centre provides guides for planning your career, writing your CV and applying for jobs, and our Faculty Employability Team provides careers advice, placements and events.

Work placements

Employers today are saying that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are 'unlikely to be successful' during the selection process and have 'little or no chance' of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes. (High Fliers 2015).

Many of our Departments give you the chance to take up a work placement as part of your course and there are a number of placement vacancies you can apply for.

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

UROP placements

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills to enhance your CV and get paid a bursary.