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Opportunities

Graduates with Education degrees can progress into a range of careers that have been developed as a result of the reorganisation of education services and the development of ‘non-traditional’ work with children and their families.

Watch our video of Professor Karen Graham at Glyndwr University's Centre for the Child and find out about the expanding range of career opportunities that involve working with children, young people and families.

Social Care
A number of recent graduates are now working for projects set up by Local Authorities or funded by Government departments to address specific issues concerned with social care. These have included supporting young carers, helping refugees families to access education, working with absent fathers to re-establish their bond with their children and developing links with at-risk families in their homes to improve their situation. Students have also successfully progressed onto post graduate social work courses.
Third Sector
Third sector voluntary organisations have a long history of supporting and assisting children and their families with specific difficulties, and many graduates from education courses have been employed by these to develop and deliver specific projects. The organisations include Barnardos, Action for Children, the National Autistic Society and Girl Guiding UK, as well as many local charity groups.
Private Sector
A number of graduates have gone onto to establish or to work for private sector enterprises. These have ranged from opening soft play centres and private nurseries to working for the Office for National Statistics analysing data from early years settings. This year one graduate is taking up a post as a Forest School trainer for a national training provider which reflects the growth of the private sector into areas previously covered by Local Authority control.
Education
Every year some students go on to study for post graduate qualifications to teach in primary, secondary or post 16. Some graduates go into support roles within schools and some are employed to deliver specific programmes, such as Reading Recovery
.
Other fields
The dynamic nature of the field means that new roles and different projects are constantly emerging. In recent years we have had graduates that have gone on to become occupational therapists, play workers, Language and Play co-ordinators, integrated children centre managers, pupil referral unit mentors and outdoor learning co-ordinators. A number of graduates have gone to work in America, Australia and other countries.

There are also many other routes to working with children and young people.  See www.careerswales.com for career ideas.
 

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