Studying for a Politics and Spanish degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form, as well as linguistic fluency and experience of living and working abroad, all of which are highly sought after skills in a global job market. In addition, the subject-matter studied as part of a degree in Politics and Spanish is related to a wide range of contemporary issues, which allows graduates to understand the contemporary world in a broad cross-cultural perspective.
Over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline. We have found that employers of all kinds wish to employ Politics and Spanish graduates who have developed their employability skills, sought work experience beyond the university and learned how to learn.
Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, business, the civil service, translating/interpreting or social and community development work significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Management Consultancy - £20,000-30,000
- Accountancy – £20,000-30,000
- Voluntary sector/charities - £15,000-18,000
- Public Relations - £20,000
- Banking: £28 000
- Export Marketing: £15 000 - £25 000
- Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: £16,000-25,000
- Teaching: £21,500
- Fast Stream Civil Service - £25,000
- Translation / Interpreting: £18 000 – £26 000
- Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
Further study is also an option open to Politics and Spanish graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.
Those students wishing to pursue further study in Politics after their first degree can choose from a number of specialised MA programmes, each of which consists of six taught courses and a dissertation. The programmes are: Politics; European Union Politics; Irish Politics; Comparative Ethnic Conflict; Violence, International Relations; Terrorism and Security; Legislative Studies and Practice. The School also provides opportunities to undertake an MPhil or PhD by thesis.
For further details see: http://www. qub.ac.uk/ml or www.qub.ac.uk/pisp
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
- the BBC
- the Police Ombudsman’s Office,
- the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments,
- the Local Government Staff Commission,
- the NI Electoral Commission,
- the NI Local Government Association,
- All the Northern Ireland Political Parties
- Ministerial Departments at Stormont
- British Council Assistantships Program
- Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels
- Price Waterhouse Coopers
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.