Campaign begins work with schools

20 June 2013

Sir George Monoux College

The Campaign has expanded its work by beginning to promote the social sciences to schools and colleges.

Roses Leech-Wilkinson, Campaign Administrator, gave a talk on social science and careers to 70 sixth-formers from the Sir George Monoux College, in Walthamstow, north London, and Woodhouse College, in Barnet.

At the event, at Sir George Monoux on 18 June, Roses said that there were a large number of career options for social science graduates. “You’re not going to be unemployable,” she told the audience.

She said that rates of employment among social science graduates, measured three and half years after they finished their first degrees in 2006/07, were higher than those among science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates.

“So don’t believe what’s said – by some parents, teachers of other subjects or the media – that social science graduates are unemployable, that’s just not true,” she said.

“And three and a half years after graduating there is a greater proportion of social science graduates who are managers or senior officials than STEM or arts and humanities graduates – and almost two-thirds of social science graduates are in professional or associate professional or technical occupations.”

Roses said that the Campaign website would shortly carry a report on employment among social science graduates.

She told the sixth-formers that social science degrees will “teach you how to think on multiple scales, on individual, regional, cultural and societal levels,” using a critical evaluation of quantitative and qualitative data.

“Those are the sorts of skills that you’ll get if you do a social science degree and you might want to study sociology, politics, economics, psychology, law – there are all sorts of degrees that you could go on to do with the A level courses you are studying.”

She said that social scientists worked as researchers in the civil service and academia, and for private research companies, lobby groups and NGOs.

The event also heard a taster on sociology by Dr Suki Ali, of the London School of Economics, and presentations by representatives of the Runnymede Trust on ending racism, and on its Stopwatch programme for accountable policing. Dr Stuart Isaacs, of London Metropolitan University, ran an interactive session with students on poverty and youth gangs.

Roses’ talk is the start of the Campaign’s work with schools, which it hopes to develop further by offering information to more schools. This is part of the Campaign’s remit not just to work to help academics but to promote the social sciences within society more generally.

More information on careers in social science on the Campaign site.

Also see the websites of Academy member organisations – see the Academy site for a list.