Politics

In your Politics degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

Popular career options

Many politics graduates are attracted to careers in public sector administration, both in the Civil Service and Local Government, at policy and delivery level, as well as the range of roles working for the political parties at local, national and European level.

You could work for:

  • Central government
  • Local government
  • Public bodies
  • Political parties
  • Think tanks
  • Professional associations and bodies
  • Trade Unions 
  • Charities
  • International organisations such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and the UN.  

Roles in the above organisations are likely to use your administrative, research, communicative and persuasion skills. Occupations that you may be interested in are listed on the Prospects site:

Other options

The transferable skills you have developed through your degree make you employable for a range of careers outside of politics. Because of this, politics graduates often forge careers in a huge range of other fields, for example: social welfare, advice and guidance; media and journalism; PR, marketing and advertising; finance; teaching; law. 

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What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that Politics graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include: 

  • Project Coordinator within transport
  • Support Officer for a political party
  • English Teacher
  • Store Operative
  • Business Development Manager for a law firm

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information.  

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As a graduate in Politics it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

  • Research and evaluate information from a range of sources  
  • Construct an argument
  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Make judgements  

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

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