In the first video, Dr Dalton Conley explains how he happened into sociology and identifies some possible career paths for sociologists. In particular, he emphasizes the unique importance of research skills for sociology majors. Students' skills working both quantitative and qualitative data are applicable to a wide variety of careers where research design, statistics, and analysis are especially important. He also notes that sociology can serve as an excellent foundation for advanced professional degrees, such as law, medicine, or education.
Several of these skills are highlighted in this video from Georgia State University. In just one minute, the video emphasizes how the discipline's study of people prepares students to grasp the social world (the second minute of the video identifies ways that students can get the most out of their college experience). The major teaches students to understand how social issues shape people's lives, prepares them to relate to diverse groups inter-personally or through public policy, and inspires students to affect change.
In applying for a job, an important ability for students to be able to master is how to explain their skill set to potential employers through their cover letters, job interviews, and networking. Students should practice explaining how their educational background has provided them with skills necessary for a particular job, and link those skills to the specific demands of that job. You will want to pay particular attention to the job announcement and use the language there.
Do you have other resources to share for students considering jobs relevant to their major? If you have attained a job recently as a sociology graduate, what helped you be successful?