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Politics & International Relations


There are many different career options for those with a Politics and International Relations background. The academic discipline as well as the skills acquired through the degree are very desireable.

You can download the powerpoint presentation "Politics & International Relations - What next?" Or listen to a podcast about working in parliament.

Politics and International Relations degrees can lead to anything - from accountancy to retail. There are however several more vocational options:

The college contacts students six months after graduation find out what they are doing.

In 2010, six months after graduating -



Specifically, the jobs they secured include:

  • Business Analysts
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Immigration Officers
  • Public Relations Officers
  • Fundraising, Campaigns and Appeals Officers
  • Conference co-ordinators
  • Public Affairs executives
  • Legal assistants
  • Trade Union officials

You can find similar data from accross several London colleges.

Not everyone wants to continue their academic interests into the workplace. You may feel you need help in deciding what to do next.






Increase your employability


Attend conferences and talks

Listening to world leaders, political experts and sharing ideas with peers and those with similar interests can be rewarding. These are also ideal opportunities to develop your network and get information useful in job hunting. Many talks and conferences are free, or subsidised, for students. To get you started:


Get experience

Political interests

Working for a politically aligned organisation or politician can be great experience. However once you have worked for one political party, it can be difficult working for a different one in the future. 

Get reading!

Reading blogs and periodicals can give you a useful insight into the hidden politics that may not be covered elsewhere. The political blogosphere is vast - with thousands of blogs in the UK related to politics. The following should be a useful starting point. 


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