Remember, you are in charge of your career. No-one else is as interested in it as you are, and nobody else is going to make it happen for you! There are lots of possibilities, how do you want to use your degree and what are you going to do to get there?
Career Research: Have a go at a Careers Quiz to generate some ideas.
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Browse Job Profiles: Get ideas and find out how to get into a huge variety of different careers.
Prospects Postgraduate Study: An overview of studying at postgrad level, including funding info etc.
For an overview of the role have a look at the Get Into Teaching website.
Use our specially written teaching guides for a range of useful information which includes guides on:
Find out more about Man Met’s PGCE courses
There are a wealth of jobs in education that aren’t teaching, e.g. pastoral/support roles in schools, colleges and universities. These can go by a range of job titles:
Look at Greater Jobs (The jobsite for the 10 Greater Manchester councils) for more live vacancy examples.
Education Alternatives: A guide to roles other than teaching. Is available in our guides section.
For more ideas have a look at the National Careers Service website. It lists over 50 education related job profiles.
Find out more about the qualifications and skills needed to become a Social Worker look at: Prospects Social Worker.
You’ll usually need some work experience/volunteering with vulnerable groups to get onto a post-grad course in social work as well as a genuine commitment to social work and social justice. The majority of opportunities to train are in universities, find courses on ucas.com and search “Postgraduate” and “social work” Man Met Uni’s Social work MA.
Many Inclusive Ed graduates are interested in working with children and families in a therapeutic way. These are some popular related careers:
Play Therapy: Play Therapists usually work with children aged three to 11 using play as a communication tool to understand their world and to help them and their families deal with emotional distress and trauma. Many Play Therapists are self employed and work across different settings.
Health Play Specialist (previously known as a hospital play specialist): Health Play Specialists use play as a therapeutic tool to help children understand their illness and treatment, often in a hospital setting. Most employers expect health play specialists to be registered with the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust.
To register, you need a foundation degree in healthcare play specialism. This is a two-year part-time course. To get onto the course, you usually need:
Courses are a mix of practical work and theory. Many students have a role in a hospital as a play assistant when they start the foundation degree, but if you are not already working in healthcare play, you need to arrange a placement during the course, see: NHS Health Play Staff.
Counselling skills can be very useful in a huge range of jobs working with children and young people. Many people interested in this kind of work start with a level 2 Introduction to Counselling course (sometimes called Counselling Concepts) which provides basic counselling skills and an overview of training before committing to a full counselling course. These typically last eight to twelve weeks and are widely available part-time at further education (FE) colleges. Some local colleges that offer these type of courses include The Manchester College, Stockport and Bolton College. Some postgraduate level courses have a linked graduate certificate to undertake first to allow you entry e.g. Salford University course. Read up on training as a counsellor here: Job Profiles Counsellor.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists offer psychoanalytic treatment to children and young people with emotional or behavioural difficulties. To get onto one of the accredited training routes it is necessary for you to have considerable experience of working with babies, children, young people or families, so this is another choice that you might work towards as part of a longer-term plan. Find out more here: Job Profiles Child Psychotherapist.
Many graduates from your course find work in the charity and social care sectors, often working with organisations specialising in work with families and children. Job titles and duties can be varied. Looking at live vacancy sites will give you a good idea of the types of jobs available and the entry requirements for individual roles, for example look at: UK Charity Jobs.
This is also a popular option for people from your department and 6 months after finishing their degree many graduates like you are already doing a bit more studying! Here are some examples of courses they have gone on to:
Start to bookmark relevant job sites and set up e-alerts where possible. Looking at live vacancies is an excellent way to discover new job possibilities and roles you might have never heard of.
When you start applying for jobs make sure your applications are top quality. This is crucial. No matter how good you are in person, you need to get your application technique right to get to the interview stage.
If you haven’t already got a LinkedIn profile, you can set one up very quickly and this is a very useful way to increase your professional presence online and you can also use the platform to search for jobs and research employers. See our Man Met Careers Linkedin Guide Join the CYES Linkedin group to get relevant updates and stay in touch!
There is no single correct way to write your CV by any means, but have a look at the example CV on the next page. This is for an Early years graduate, who is applying for roles working with children, to give you an idea of a successful layout.
07772 997317/0161 917 9227
Recent Early Years and Childhood Studies graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, with excellent knowledge of child development gained throughout my studies. I am passionate about encouraging children to thrive and work experience in a school has equipped me with classroom support skills. I am now seeking an opportunity within education in order to utilise my existing skills and contribute to a positive learning environment.
2016 - 2019: Manchester Metropolitan University
Early Years and Childhood Studies (BA Hons) Predicted grade: 1st Class Honours
Children’s learning and development, Health, Community and Social Care, Constructing Child Development, Rights and Participation, Childhood, Youth and Society, Partnerships for Creativity and Social Enterprise, Perspectives of Play, Working with Diversity and Inclusion, Issues in Education
Carried out a small-scale research project in my second year of study, which involved successfully interviewing 10 professionals regarding child behaviour and behaviour control. My ability to liaise with both education professionals and my dissertation coordinator ensured that information was collated into a well-reviewed resource which was widely shared.
Working with large quantities of qualitative data required me to be extremely organised and to effectively analyse my results in order to develop a presentation that was delivered to a varied of audience of students and professionals.
My dissertation on “How an effective transition is achieved from nursery to reception” emphasised that every child is unique, and the importance of collaboration between parents, teachers and children. Due to my diligence and extensive research I achieved the outstanding mark of 75%.
Sunny Daycare, Moss Side January 2017 - February 2017
Dudley Day Village Nursery January 2018 - February 2018
Church of England Primary School October 2019 - April 2019
Working with children within both the nursery and primary environments I have gained valuable insight into child development within education. Working one to one or in small groups with children to provide extra support I developed my communication skills and my ability to create stimulating, small scale lesson plans. Supporting learning and play through literacy and numeracy activities with the children I encouraged them to excel and exceed their targets. Through all of my placements I received excellent feedback from my placement coordinators.
2009 – 2016: Geoffrey High School
A-Levels: French (A), Psychology (A), Mathematics (D)
AS-Level: Biology (B)
GCSEs: 10 A* - C grades including Maths and English
Health and Social BTEC (Distinction*)
Waitress: The Lion Hotel, Dudley June 2014 - June 2015
Shop Assistant: Bowden News, Solihull June 2015 - September 2016
Hold a full clean driving licence
Basic First Aid Certificate
Hobbies and interests
During my spare time, I am a committed member of a local community group which involves taking part in volunteering, encouraging community participation, as well as attending meetings and leading the committee when required. Being a member of this community centre has built my confidence and taught me to be well organised which I believe to be important in all aspects of work. I consider myself to be a sociable person and possess a good sense of humour. I also like to keep active in my spare time, and regularly attend the gym.
References available on request.
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