It’s not hard to see why so many employers value graduates who have studied a social science.
An understanding of how individuals think and interact, a grasp of how our society has developed and the strong analytical and communication skills these courses develop means people who've studied them are a useful addition to any business, whether in Sales, Marketing, Recruitment or another industry.
Below, five graduates, with degrees in everything from Psychology to Law, tell us about how they were able to secure a career they really wanted, and progress within it.
Take a look – all of their teams are looking for other grads, just like them, right now…
1. Alice – studied Psychology at Cardiff University
Now a Senior Programmatic Account Executive at NMPi
With one of their core values being ‘Dare to Lead’, NMPi encourages all of their employees to take control of their own projects, take risks and try new things. The emphasis their culture places on this has been something that Alice has been able to take advantage of since starting in 2015; she was able to achieve a promotion to Senior Executive within a year, thanks to regular development reviews, training days and because of the way her team empowered her to push her limits:
“I took on every challenge that was thrown on me and also took on roles that were meant for people in higher positions,” she recalled.
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2. Laura – studied Law at Hertfordshire University
Now an Account Manager at Softcat
Once she had finished studying at Hertfordshire University, Laura knew she wanted to work in Sales and take control of her own earning potential. The question was, however, where should she choose to start her career? After discovering Softcat, she knew she had her answer – her research showed they were exactly what she was after in an employer: a company that treat staff really well and as a result boast a squad of happy employees, who all genuinely enjoy what they do.
“It’s better than I expected it to be. You don't feel like you're actually going to work every day,” she commented. “We all gel really well and it feels like you're working with friends... I really appreciate that.”
Softcat's bold and quirky culture saw them recognised as the ‘UK’s Best Place to Work’ in 2016, and they’ve been voted within the top 10 in Europe for the last four years too. Uncapped commission, opportunities to travel, wide-screen office TVs, incredible socials and genuine opportunities for career progression have all helped to secure such honours. However, the only real way to understand just how good Softcat life is, is to join them as an Account Executive.
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3. Tom – studied Psychology at the University of Warwick
Now a Programmatic Account Manager at Merkle-Periscopix
After graduating from Warwick in 2016, Tom thought he’d liked to enter the world of Marketing. Soon, he came across Merkle’s Programmatic Display Account Manager role and knew this was the team for him. Not only was he impressed with the friendly culture, he also thought the job description would allow him to utilise the skills he'd learnt in his degree – especially being able to handle big data. They agreed and offered him the position.
Less than a year later, he knows he made the right choice – his confidence and knowledge has grown, and his social life has boomed:
“They have a high focus on hiring graduates, which makes it a really fun place to work every day. There’s always something new going on and lots of social events,” he said.
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Get your application in by 8 December 2017:
4. Hope – studied Psychology and Criminology at Leeds Metropolitan
Now a Recruitment Consultant with Maxxima
After studying in Yorkshire, Hope moved back home before going travelling for six months. When she returned, she worked as a Healthcare Assistant for a few years, before deciding it was time for a change and looking to London for a new role. However, one thing she didn’t want to stop was making a difference, and it was this that led her to accepting a role with Health and Social Recruitment specialists Maxxima in 2015:
“I wanted to work with people and help people, and that’s probably what led me to my career as a carer. These days, I’m always on the phone to people, chatting with people, and hopefully helping them from a different angle.”
Maxxima’s investment in people and their strong moral code has led to them becoming a market-leader in under 15 years. Join this Shoreditch team and you’ll help place talent in some of the most worthwhile Healthcare roles here in the UK and overseas. And in return for your dedication? Expect a free gym membership, flexible hours and an on-target earning structure designed to double your salary in your first year.
Apply by 15 February 2018: