Professional/Short course Step Into Your Future
A graduate professional development programme for Social Science graduates.
Page last updated 8 October 2021
Do you want to step into a career you'll love? This exciting new programme is designed to support recent graduates of Social Science degrees who want to:
- have a successful start to their career
- make a change to their current working situation.
You will receive individualised, tailored support and feedback from a career coach, in addition to an online workbook you can keep after you complete the course. You will also have the opportunity to engage with your peers through discussion and Q&A sessions.
We will support you to identify your individual goals for the programme, and give opportunities for you to practice and develop key skills in a supportive environment. This could include building your confidence to reach out to potential professional contacts or organisations you'd like to work for, identifying your personal strengths, values and professional interests, and writing job applications that clearly demonstrate why you are the best person for the role!
The programme is designed with a coaching approach in mind, which will encourage and support you to take control of your next steps. We will help you to explore and overcome any challenges and barriers to success.
What will you get out of it?
By the end of the programme, you will:
- have a clearer idea of career areas that interest you, that fit with your identity, strengths, values and priorities as a graduate
- have developed your own tailored, flexible career action plan that suits your situation
- be aware of a wider range of sources of job opportunities
- be able to write compelling application materials that demonstrate a deeper understanding of career areas that interest you, and that articulate your motivations and relevant skills
- be more confident about your interview technique
- have started to develop and expand your own career network.
To be offered a place on the programme, you must have graduated from a UWE Bristol Social Science undergraduate (single or joint honours) or postgraduate degree (Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Philosophy, and Politics and International Relations) in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
The online workbook for the programme is divided into sections which focus on:
- Self-awareness and reflection focusing: on your priorities as a graduate, and your strengths, skills, and interests
- Exploring career possibilities: identifying your options and exploring any barriers to entry
- Career development and planning: understanding employer expectations, developing skills such as networking, and planning your next steps
- Finding and creating opportunities, including creative job searching
- Applying to opportunities: articulating skills, strengths and motivations
- Interviewing: building technique and confidence.
Learning and Teaching
Your own career coach
You will be allocated a career coach for the programme, who will be available for two one-to-one appointments during the four-week period. Ideally, you will meet with your coach as soon as you start the programme, so that the coach can explore your current situation, and recommend particular activities from the workbook to focus on.
- When you begin the programme, you will be given access to an online workbook, which is full of information, resources and activities to support you with your career development. The workbook allows you to upload files and make notes, and also contains a number of tasks which you can choose to submit to your career coach for feedback.
- During the programme, your coach will be able to view your workbook, and add feedback on specific tasks that you choose to submit. You can work through the programme workbook in your own time over the course of four weeks.
- Once the programme has finished, you will retain access to the workbook and any notes you and your coach have made within it; however your career coach will no longer have access to it.
Prices and dates
Supplementary fee information
This programme is offered free of charge.
The programme will run wholly online over the course of four weeks, starting in January 2022.