Public Services Management careers
The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest Public Services Management students
Armed Forces Careers/Ministry of Defence Careers
There are numerous roles in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence.
Careers in the Army
Careers in the Royal Navy
Careers in the Royal Air Force
Careers in the Ministry of Defence/Civil Service
Border Force Officer
Border force officers work border entry points checking customs and immigration laws are being upheld. Job profile of a border force officer from the National Careers Service website
Civil Service Administrator
Civil Service administrators work in government departments or agencies, duties can include customer service, report writing and research. Job profile of a Civil Service administrator from the Prospects website
Civil Service Fast Streamer
The Civil Service Fast Stream is a leadership development programme for graduates who want to pursue leadership roles within the Civil Service.
Job profile of a Civil Service fast streamer from the Prospects website Civil Service Fast Stream webpage
Education administrators work in universities, colleges and schools in a range of areas including admissions, examinations, finance, marketing and student services.
Job profile of an Education Administrator from the Prospects website Job profile of an Education Administrator from the TARGETjobs website
Fire and Rescue Service
The Fire and Rescue Service advertise a variety of occupations including firefighters, fire and rescue control, community and business safety and service support.
Job profile of a fire fighter from the TARGETjobs website Job profile of a fire fighter from the Prospects website
Health Service Manager
Health service managers have responsibility for various aspects of the running of a hospital or doctors surgery, including roles in finance, facilities management, project management and human resources.
Job profile of a health service manager from the Prospects website
Job profile of a health service manager from the TARGETjobs website
Local Government Careers
Local government roles include generalist (manager, administrator etc.) and specialist (finance, education, human resources) positions. Graduates are responsible for the development and implementation of the local authority’s policies and procedures, ensuring they are delivered effectively and offer value for money.
Job profile of a local government officer from the Prospects website
National Graduate Development Programme website
Kent County Council Graduate Programme website Medway Council careers website
Military Intelligence Careers
MI5 have job opportunities in a range of sectors, as well as three graduate programmes.
MI5 intelligence careers
MI5 technology careers
MI5 languages careers
MI5 specialist careers
MI5 corporate careers
MI5 graduate programmes
NHS Leadership Academy
The NHS offers graduate management schemes in finance, general management, health analysis and informatics, human resources and policy and strategy NHS Leadership Academy website
Paramedics respond to emergency calls and provide initial treatment to patients.
Job profile of a paramedic from the TARGETjobs website Job profile of a paramedic from the Prospects website
Police officers work to maintain law and order in the community and combat crime, terrorism and antisocial behaviour.
Job profile of a police officer from the Prospects website
Prison officers supervise, train and rehabilitate inmates during their time in prison and young offenders’ institutions.
Job profile of a prison officer from the Prospects website Job profile of a prison officer from the National Careers Service website
Probation officers work with offenders and attempt to reduce the chances of the individuals reoffending.
Job profile of a probation officer from the Prospects website Job profile of a probation officer from the National Careers Service website
There are hundreds of job roles within social services including youth worker, community development worker, housing policy officer and learning mentor. Job profiles of various social services roles from the National Careers Service
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TARGETjobs
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
A Public Services Management degree may be useful in the following career areas:
Charity officers work in the voluntary sector and can take on a number of responsibilities including marketing, fundraising, recruiting and managing volunteers and finance.
Job profile of a charity officer from the Prospects website Job profile of a charity officer from the All About Careers website
Equality and Diversity Officer
Equality and diversity officers work in various organisations promoting equality for minority groups.
Job profile of an equality and diversity officer from the Prospects website Job profile of an equality and diversity officer from the National Careers Service website
Every organisation in the public sector requires its finances to be carefully managed. There are various roles in finance available and many schemes will train graduates from any degree discipline.
Job profile of a tax inspector from the National Careers Service
Job profile of a chartered accountant from the Prospects website
Health and Safety Adviser
Health and safety advisers work in a variety of industries and their duties include carrying out risk assessments, training staff members and advising on health and safety issues.
Job profile of a health and safety adviser from the Prospects website Job profile of a health and safety adviser from the National Careers Service website
Human Resources Officer
Human resources officers recruit and develop employees, responsibilities can include dealing with discipline procedures, keeping records, advising on pay, legal rights and benefits and developing policies.
Job profile of a human resources officer from the Prospects website Job profile of a human resources officer from the National Careers Service website >
International Aid/Development Worker
International aid/development workers work with developing countries and have a range of responsibilities depending on the needs of the communities.
Job profile of an international aid/development worker from the Prospects website Job profile of an international aid/development worker from the All About Careers website
Teachers educate others in various institutions including schools and colleges.
Job profile of a primary school teacher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a secondary school teacher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a further education teacher from the Prospects website Information on getting into teaching in the UK
Volunteer coordinators recruit and manage volunteers and can work in charities or organisations (including universities).
Job profile of a volunteer coordinator from the Prospects website Job profile of a volunteer coordinator from the All About Careers website
You may be interested in graduate roles outside of public services management. There are many employers who are looking for graduates with good degrees but that don’t have a preference for the subject studied. To explore different career options see:
As well as subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in Public Services Management will typically have gained:
- problem solving skills
- team-working skills
- decision-making skills
- organisational skills
- research skills
- leadership skills
- persuasion, influence and negotiating skills
- communication skills
- critical thinking skills
- IT skills
This is not an exhaustive list of skills – you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can Employability find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them.
Find a job
The Careers and Employability Service provides information and advice on job searching to University of Kent students and recent graduates. This includes a vacancy database advertising a range of graduate jobs, sandwich placements and vacation work/internships and online resources.
Useful job searching/information websites
- Army careers
- British Transport Police jobs
- Civil Service Fast Stream
- Civil Service jobs
- Higher education jobs
- Highways England careers
- HMRC Tax Professional Graduate Programme
- HM Treasury Graduate Programme
- Kent County Council – Kent Graduate Programme
- Kent County Council jobs
- Kent Fire and Rescue Service jobs
- Local government jobs
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency opportunities
- Medway Council jobs
- Metropolitan Police careers
- MI5 careers
- Ministry of Defence jobs
- Ministry of Justice and HMPPS jobs
- Mountain Rescue jobs
- National Audit Office jobs
- NHS Leadership Academy
- NHS jobs
- Prison and probation jobs
- Prospects: public sector jobs
- Royal Air Force careers
- Royal Navy careers
Previous Public Services Management graduates from the University of Kent have gone on to further study including a PGCE, an MA in Sociology and an LLM. Looking at the national picture, 68.2% of public administration and social policy graduates are employed 6 months after graduation, 12.6% go on to do further study, 5.1% are working and studying abroad, 7.8% are unemployed and 6.8% are doing something else (source). Further study often involves specialising in a particular area such as law or teaching.