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What to do with my degree in Politics and IR?

If you are undecided about where you would like your degree to take you, it may be worth spending some time to really explore your career options. As a non-vocational course, a degree in Politics and International Relations provides a broad range of careers you could go into. This varies from teaching, Public Affairs and Lobbying, Journalism, social and political researcher to working with a non-governmental organisation and many more!

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

A degree in Politics and IR gives you many useful transferable skills including:

  • the ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly;
  • the capacity to critically analyse evidence and construct coherent arguments;
  • excellent written and oratory skills;
  • intellectual independence and autonomy;
  • team working skills;
  • a flexible and open-minded approach to work.

Useful links
To find out more about the different careers your degree could take you into, try the following sites:

If you are unsure about your career path, or you would like advice, the Careers and Employability Service offer careers guidance interviews. Full details or to book an appointment.

aSPIRations

aspiration
aspəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
plural noun: aspirations

a hope or ambition of achieving something.

Most people come to university in the hopes of improving their employment prospects. And whilst your academic success is an integral part of this, it is not enough on its own.

To obtain meaningful, desirable, graduate level employment when you finish your studies it is highly likely that you will need….

  • relevant work experience
  • to be able to articulate and demonstrate your abilities 
  • effective, assertive interpersonal communication skills
  • an understanding of professionalism and the world of work.

Don’t panic – we are here to help. But ultimately it will always be up to you to take ownership and responsibility for your career journey.