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Careers and your future in Social Work

Studying Social Work at Brunel turns your passion for making a difference into a rewarding career that has an impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities.

You’ll benefit from 170 days of work placement built-in to your Social Work postgraduate degree giving you strong professional experience that really adds value to your CV. As a result, our graduates boast the following employment rates:

  • 2014/15: 92%
  • 2015/16: 96%
  • 2016/17: 95%

You’ll benefit from our strong connections within this sector that gives you high quality networking and career opportunities.

Claire Brunel Social Work student
Claire Brunel Social Work student

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Experts by experience - the knowledge of carers

Social Work expert Laura Johnson
Social Work expert Laura Johnson

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Collaborating with experts with experience

Have a listen to recent podcasts with some of our prominent alumni and learn about their professional career journeys

Jonathan Watkins: independent social work consultant

Jonathan Watkins is an independent social work consultant working internationally in social development and human rights.

Jonathan Watkins portrait photoHe completed his MA in Social Work in 1982 and worked as a social worker in a variety of roles, including as a Commissioning Manager of mental health and learning disabilities services for a London local authority. Since 2000 he has been an independent social worker and in 2001 he completed an MA in Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. To learn more about his work, please visit his website.

Interviewer: Natalie Ofosu-Sefah.

Jan Hutchinson: Director of Programmes and Performance, Centre for Mental Health.

Jan Hutchinson is the Director of Programmes and Performance at the Centre for Mental Health.

Jan Hutchinson portrait photoJan qualified as a social worker in 1994 and has managed a range of community mental health services in both the statutory and voluntary sector. Previously Jan was Associate Director of Social Care with South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, having first joined the Trust in 2004 as Vocational Services Manager. She has also worked with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Rethink Mental Illness, and Outlook Care. She served as a non-executive director with North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust from 2015-2017. Jan has run seminars and given presentations on the Centre's behalf in England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, and the Czech Republic. In 2017 Jan was awarded a Leadership Fellowship by ACEVO - the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Interviewer: Natalie Ofosu-Sefah.

Lucy Omezi: Team Manager at the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Lucy Omezi is a Team Manager at the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

portrait of Lucy Omezi 2Lucy graduated from the MA in Social Work at Brunel in 1996 and has worked in different roles within the area of mental health since. Listen to how Lucy managed her passion about working in youth offending service at the start of her career, and how mental health and management shaped her professional journey. Lucy’s key focus on reflective practice and self care are embedded in her professional journey and were key factors in her progression within the sector.

The interview was conducted by Natalie Ofosu-Sefah


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The New Zealand Social Work Registration Board accepted my MA in Social Work from Brunel University London without any additional training or exams.
Terry, Postgraduate, Alumni
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Without my BA in Social Work I wouldn’t have been able to get my role in Australia nor would I have been placed on the Australia Skills List.
Delia, Alumni
Social Work BA
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This degree is an intensive course, which combines coursework, exams, placement, and the final hurdle of the course - completing a dissertation project.
Vashish, Postgraduate, Alumni
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Marcella Phelan MBE
I would highly recommend Brunel - it is a great and inclusive place, with great people and an innovative, cutting edge, critical approach to learning and personal development.
Marcella Phelan MBE, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Alumni
Public & Social Administration MA / Professional Social Work Qualification / Government, Politics & Modern History BSc
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When I was doing my placement I had an opportunity to research and do placement with people with learning disabilities.
Kwaku, Postgraduate, Alumni
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The lecturers at Brunel are specialists in their field, so I've been able to work with people who published and actually done the job, or researched the area I am interested in.
Rachael, Postgraduate, Alumni
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Our presence at Pride gives a clear public message that we are working to be an inclusive organisation.
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