Discover – What can I do with my degree?
You may want to begin by researching a career directly related to your degree such as a government social research officer, a public affairs consultant or a political assistant. However many politics students consider other career paths such as marketing, the legal sector or working in public relations. Remember, you can also explore careers that don’t directly relate to your degree. Did you know that over 80% of graduate employers will recruit from any degree discipline?
Develop – Developing skills and experience
If you already have some career ideas, the next step will be to develop your skills and gain some experience to build your confidence and increase your knowledge. You may want to consider volunteering, part-time work or undertaking a placement to increase your chances of gaining graduate employment after completing your degree. It’s also a great way to try-out career paths to see what you enjoy and it’s a good fit for you.
The Politics Lab takes on and completes practical projects for clients in the world of politics, such as Select Committee Inquiries. Find out more about The Politics Lab and the types of projects you could get involved in.Find out more
Compete – Getting ready to apply for work or postgraduate study
When you know what you want to do and you’re ready to apply, we have all the tools, tips and advice right here. You can also use this information to help you if you’re at an earlier stage of your career thinking and are applying for part-time work or work placements.
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A range of resources, blogs and interviews to help those both wanting to start a career in think tanks or policy or who are already working in the sector but would like to develop their knowledge and expertise.Smart Thinking
Journalism and Public relationsLife as a journalist Public relations officer Marketing, PR and Media
Complete this short online learning pathway to find out where to search online and get faster and more relevant job search results. Then search and apply for all opportunities on our vacancy portal or placements on InPlace.Online learning pathway – Job Searching Find opportunities on our vacancy portal Search and apply for FAS placements on InPlace
Your go-to guide, including examples and templates to get you started. You can also get instant detailed feedback on your CV and covering letter using CareerSet.CV and application advice Online pathway – Making applications Review your CV online using CareerSet
Get ahead of the competition by reading our top tips or follow our online self-led pathway.Interview advice Online pathway – interviews and assessments
Practice using our online tools or book a mock interview with a Careers Adviser.Practice online tests at Graduates First Practice interviews at Shortlist Me Book a mock interview
How to decide if postgraduate study is right for you, what you should consider and how to apply.Our top tips and advice Online pathway – Postgraduate study
Take a look at the latest part-time jobs, placements, volunteering opportunities and graduate vacancies that may be of interest to Politics students. Select any of the following opportunities to find out more and apply, or search for other opportunities on our vacancy portal.