Finding and Applying for Jobs related to Sociology

Job Search

Make a start by looking at the Finding a Job pages on this site. Download the job search handout from the Useful Files on this page to see websites particularly relevant to Sociology students. In addition, each job area or sector has specialist websites that will bring together relevant opportunities. Search for the job profile of the career area you are interested in on Prospects and National Careers Service and follow the links to find sites relevant to you.

Professional Associations and Directories

Develop your knowledge of the job areas you are interested in by keeping up to date with professional associations and utilising organisation directories. Relevant professional associations include the British Sociological Association, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Local Government Association, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Social Research Association. Directories of companies to whom you can also target speculative applications can be found through the Keele University Directory of government and politics and locally through Sheffield Help Yourself.

Journals and Blogs

As well as advertising vacancies, professional journals and blogs can help you to keep up to date with industry news, policy developments and can even help you to identify organisations to whom you could make speculative job applications. Some relevant journals and blogs for Sociology related areas include Third Sector Blog, Research Live (market research blog), The Sociological Imagination and Society Guardian.


The questions you will be asked in an interview will usually be directly related to the knowledge, experience and skills listed on the person specification. Example questions for Sociology related roles are listed below:

  • Why did you apply for this position and what is your understanding of the role?
  • What skills and experience do you have, that would make you a suitable candidate for the position?
  • Please tell me about a successful piece of research you have carried out recently.
  • How would you deal with a situation which involved communicating complex information to a client who was in significant distress?
  • Communication is a key part of this role. Can you give an example and describe a time when you have used your communication skills to deal with a difficult or emotive situation?
  • What steps would you take to build an effective and positive relationship with a vulnerable young person?
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to solve a problem on behalf of a customer or client.
  • Please give an example of a time you have had to organise yourself and others.
  • What is your understanding of what is meant by excellent communication skills? When have you put this understanding into practice?
  • How has your degree prepared you for this job?
  • Please tell me about a time you have been involved in a social or political campaign. What steps did you take to ensure the campaign was a success?
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