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Social and Welfare Services: Jobs and Experience

a guide to careers in social work, probation, housing & community work, advice & guidance

Social & Welfare Services

Jobs and Experience

How to get helpful work experience and get started


  • Building experience can be very important to furthering your career in social & welfare services
  • Some postgraduate courses require experience, or at least observation/shadowing, as part of the application process
  • Look for voluntary positions or part-time jobs whilst at Sussex
  • Care jobs or hands-on volunteering are a great introduction
  • Look at setting up your own RSS feeds as part of your job search
  • Look for specialist websites like Community Care Jobs, Jobsgopublic, Housing Jobs or CharityJob. You should also look at Guardian Jobs and job aggregators like Indeed, Simply Hired or Jobisjob



Use Community Base, ESCIS and the Brighton & Hove Community and Voluntary Sector Forum for local opportunities:


Brighton Jobs

CEC Database - Social Care

Search for more, using your own search terms, at (ITS login required)

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Career Tasters at West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council offers a range of career tasters in adult social care services. Opportunities are unpaid and are advertised throughout the year.

Getting Relevant Experience

Use the Brighton & Hove Community & Voluntary Sector Directory for an A-Z list of local organisations. You can also use the Community Base Volunteer Search page to search for opportunities by what you want to do and who you want to work with:

CharityJob - Information/Advice Jobs £15-25,000, South East

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Jobsgopublic - Care/Social Work Jobs up to £24,999

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Jobsgopublic - Social Housing Jobs up to £24,999

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Indeed - Kent, Surrey & Sussex Probation Service

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CharityJob - Social Care/Development Jobs £15-25,000, South East

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