Careers with Social Impact
The desire to work in a job that has a social impact is often a strong motivational factor when it comes to careers, and opportunities cut across all industries and in all sorts of roles
The sectors that are most often linked with social causes tend to be Not for Profit/Charities but is by no means restricted to these. Consider public sector/Government roles, healthcare, environment and sustainability, education, advocacy and more.
A lot of these are covered by our other briefings which are listed below with their links:
- Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise
- Government & Public Services
- Human Rights and Public Interest Law
- International Development
- International Organisations
- Sustainability and the Environment
- Teaching in Schools
- Think Tanks
These pages will therefore focus more specifically on careers within the area of social care which is not covered elsewhere.
Social care is about providing physical, emotional and social support to people of all ages who are facing difficult situations. If you are passionate about empowering people and are looking for a career that can be challenging but also rewarding, then this sector is well worth exploring. The sector helps two million UK users access support through 30,000 provider organisations, and there are a wide range of roles which aren’t just limited to that of a social worker. There are I.48 million people who work in social care in a range of settings – including the community, hospitals, hostels and shelters, health centres, care homes, education and advice centres and clients homes.
Two main distinctions exist in the social care field, as the work splits between Adult and Child & Family social services.
Working with adults includes support for the elderly, people with mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse problems, the homeless, and victims of domestic abuse.
Working with children, young people and families involves work in fostering, adoption and child protection, with young offenders, with child protection issues, and with youngsters who are unemployed, homeless, or who have learning and physical disabilities.
There is increasing overlap between social care and healthcare roles. Similar values and qualities are needed in both. See NHS Careers to find out about working for the NHS.