We've created some exciting careers resources to help young people explore the option of studying social sciences at university and possible career prospects, both inside and outside of a research setting.
Careers in research
A series of research career profiles, providing an insight into life as a researcher and the different careers paths researchers take. These profiles are of researchers who have been funded by the ESRC, either as a postgraduate studying for their PhD, a postdoctoral fellow, or a research fellow.
s part of marking ESRC's 50th anniversary we have asked a selection of leading ESRC-funded researchers to share impressions from their own careers and thoughts on the role of social science in society.
Shortly after their doctorate, 47% of doctoral graduates are employed in higher education, so just over half are in other employment sectors.
What do researchers do? is a series of research publications exploring how highly-skilled doctoral graduates contribute to UK society, culture and economy. The series builds a picture of the employment destinations of researchers and the value they add.
- What Do Researchers Do? series, on the Vitae website.
Careers in social science: subject guides
These subject guides have been written to provide simple definitions of social science subjects, possible career and further study options for each. Each guide also contains details of sources for further information.
- Human geography (PDF, 481Kb)
- Economics (PDF, 316Kb)
- Sociology (PDF, 422Kb)
- Social anthropology (PDF, 403Kb)
- International relations (PDF, 400Kb)
- Statistics and methods (PDF, 524Kb)
- Development studies (PDF, 1.2Mb)
- Linguistics (PDF, 1.2Mb)
- Environmental studies (PDF, 966Kb)
- Political studies (PDF, 574Kb)
- Business and management careers factsheet (PDF, 1Mb)
Career guides from other organisations
- Which university courses boost graduates' wages the most? Going to university should mean you earn more over your lifetime. Find out how much difference the choice of university and subject actually make on the BBC News website.
- Careers in anthropology: a guide (PDF, 706Kb)
by the Royal Anthropological Institute
(to order a free copy of this guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Careers in geography (Geographical Association website)
by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Geographical Association
- What do psychological scientists do? (University of Manchester website)
by the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester