A series of careers portfolios of the most popular careers destinations for Social Sciences and International Studies students are available.
Each portfolio introduces the career sector, and takes you through study and activities that you can undertake during your degree and after you graduate in order to place you in a perfect position for entry into the field.
Studying Law at Exeter can take you anywhere
Whilst the majority of our alumni leave Exeter and build successful careers in the legal profession a significant number realise either whilst they are at Exeter or soon after starting law careers that their interests and passions lie elsewhere. We have been finding out from a number of those who have launched successful careers in Charity, Development, Government and Digital / Creative industries to find out how they came to work in their chosen fields, what they enjoy most about their jobs and how their law degrees helped them get where they are today.
Read their profiles below and find out what advice they have for others looking to take a similar path.
LLB Law, 2010
Gender Adviser, Relief International, Afghanistan
As well as the analytical skills gained through my degree, the understanding of legal and institutional processes has been important in working on good governance issues.
LLB LAW / Double Maitrise en Droit Europeen, 2013
Private Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions; Civil Service
The civil service is full of smart people who want to make a difference. I’ve managed a team in a jobcentre, worked as a Private Secretary to a Minister, worked on policy around NHS targets - it’s fantastically varied.
Law LLB, 2010
Digital Engagement Specialist, Amnesty International
My law degree taught me how to research and communicate complex topics. I think there are few other degrees where the focus is so strongly on clearly explaining complex topics. I count this as my greatest professional skill.
Law LLB, 2015
Associate Editor, SAGE Publishing
A law degree sets you up to be a problem solver, and gives the skill set to look at a problem and come up with several different answers. This is incredibly useful, not just when it comes to solving complaints, legal issues or drafting a contract, but also on the creative side of things when it might come to marketing content and how best to do it for example. It gives you the ability to look at something and give a fresh perspective.
Law LLB, 2015
Supporter Engagement Coordinator, CLIC Sargent
There are so many aspects of a law degree which are transferrable to other walks of life, and it’s also given me a great deal of confidence which you definitely need in whatever sector you end up in.
Law LLB, 2010
Director of Strategy & Content, Industry Innovations
Without my law degree I simply wouldn’t have the life I have today. Both the subject and the prestige of Exeter were the door openers for my first job, and this was the instigator for my career to-date.