The Centre for Criminology works closely with the University Careers Centre to ensure students are kept updated on career developments within the field and have the opportunity to meet future employers. Recent employers visiting the university have included the probation service, youth offending team, prison service, police and court services. The careers centre also runs a work experience scheme giving students the opportunity to undertake a variety of short term placements. Recent opportunities have included work with the Scenes of Crime unit, Public Defender Service and Probation Service.
The following websites offer a combination of careers information and links to employers and recruitment agencies advertising potential jobs and training opportunities. Check them out if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do after your Degree:
Prospects Graduate Careers site (options with a Criminology Degree)
Police Force Recruitment (Civilian & Officer posts)
Youth Justice Board (jobs & volunteer opportunities)
National Charities with Jobs and Voluntary Work Opportunities
For other criminology related volunteering opportunities go to: Volunteering Wales
The University Careers website also has a range of useful weblinks related to your course – click on ‘your course’
One of the best ways of securing work experience related to your degree is to undertake some form of volunteer work with organisations such as those listed above. Volunteering is considered to be a high quality form of work experience and very often includes some element of free training or additional qualifications. It is highly valued by criminal justice employers offering future career opportunities for graduates. Volunteering doesn’t have to be time consuming or interfere with your studies. For example, just two hours a week over a period of 1 year would be enough to enhance your work related skills and improve your long term career prospects.
The University of Glamorgan Careers Service also runs a Work Taster scheme offering a range of opportunities related to your degree subject. Previous students have taken part in placements with a range of organisations including the following:
Details of all current Work Taster opportunities can be found at Gowales. If you are interested in areas of work experience not listed on the Gowales site, then email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01443 483630.
You may be asked to submit a CV and/or Letter of Application when looking for work experience. The following examples should give some guidelines on what to write and how to sell yourself on paper:
Additional examples and a comprehensive guide to applying for work experience or employment can be found on the University Careers website
Not sure what type of criminology jobs are out there? Here are a few ideas:
Anti Social Behaviour Support Officer
Community Safety Project Officer
Trading Standards Officer
Enforcement/Fair Trading Officer
Criminal Intelligence Analyst – National Policing Improvement Agency
Fraud Data Analyst – National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
Vetting Officer – GCHQ
Intelligence Officer – MI5
Press Officer – Serious Organised Crime Agency
Criminal Justice Agencies
Probation Officer/Probation Service Officer
Youth Offending Officer
Witness Care Officer
Arrest Referral Worker
Want to know more about the Witness Care Officer and Arrest Referral Worker roles? Take a look at these ‘Day in the Life of’ profiles:
Just some of the jobs being done by the class of 2007…
With a Criminology Degree there are also a wide of range of other career routes open to you including those not directly related to Criminology. 60% of graduate jobs are available to those with any degree subject. For example, the NHS recruits graduates with any degree for their management traineeships in areas such as Human Resources, Hospital Management, Finance, Estates or Procurement.
Don’t forget if you are a final year student you can start applying for graduate vacancies from September onwards – don’t wait until you’ve graduated or you’ll miss some key closing dates!
Visit the University Careers website and go to the Job Zone and Graduate Vacancies for the full list of graduate recruitment sites.
If you would like to find out more about work experience or career options with your degree, book an appointment to see the HaSS Careers Adviser, Rhiannon Pugh. Check the University Careers website for details of how to book.