What can I do with my degree in Politics and International Relations?
Politics and International Relations is a highly versatile degree and graduates in this subject go on into a wide range of career areas. However, your degree subject may be particularly useful in the following career areas because the skills it develops are likely to be important to do these jobs.
One of the most important activities in charities is fundraising but there is a wide range of others, from applying for grants or managing volunteers to providing advice and information to clients. Charities recruit into a variety of roles including project management; finance; marketing; public relations and volunteer management. In smaller charities, staff may undertake multiple tasks.
Job profile of a charity officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a charity fundraiser from the Prospects website
Job profile of a charities administrator from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a charities fundraiser from the TARGET Jobs website
I Want to Work in: A Charity
Manages housing services for bodies such as housing associations, local authorities and other accommodation providers. May work with specific clients, such as homeless people, ex-offenders or people with disabilities. The role may involve team management responsibilities and participation in more strategic projects
Journalists research, write and present stories, features and articles across a range of media platforms – newspapers, magazines, television, radio and internet. Experience gained in student journalism will be helpful in breaking into this area.
Library and information staff manage, organise, evaluate and disseminate information. In specialist libraries (such as the House of Commons library) or universities. Politics and International Relations graduates may be able to use their subject knowledge directly.
Job profile of an academic librarian from the Prospects website
Job profile of an academic librarian from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a public librarian from the Prospects website
Job profile of a public librarian from the TARGET Jobs website
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
I Want to Work In: Librarianship and Archives
Risk managers are responsible for managing risks (including security, information, political and social risks) to an organisation and its employees, customers, reputation and stakeholders. They identify and assess threats, put plans in place for if things go wrong and decide how to avoid, reduce or transfer risks.
Job profile of a risk manager from the Prospects website
I Want to Work In: Risk
Solicitors provide expert legal support and advice to clients (who may be individuals, groups, public sector organisations or private companies), take instructions from clients and advise on necessary courses of legal action. Non-law graduates can enter the legal profession after a one-year conversion course, which in some cases may be funded by future employers.
You may be interested in graduate roles outside of Politics and International Relations. 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:
- Path to Employment
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TargetJobs