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Career Perspectives after Graduation

You have probably heard that Queen’s came among the top 15 universities in the UK for student experience? (see here However, for many of our students experience in a supportive environment at PISP is just the start of long term relationship positive that lasts beyond graduation. The study of Politics, International Studies or Philosophy opens a host of opportunities and allows our graduates to profit from a range of career options out there.

We know from our graduates that once you start viewing your time at PISP as a step towards employment, you will also find it easier to study, will be able to prioritise your out-of-classroom activities, and will be able to work on implementing your career plans early. After you have settled in, take your time to adjust to university routines in semester one and try to identify your strengths and weaknesses in your second semester of year one. Don’t wait until the second semester of your final year, think ahead!

The Student Guidance Centre is always open for you to drop in, or make an appointment to see a Careers Adviser. Amongst other things, they can help you with:

  • Making decisions about what you will do after you graduate
  • Choice of modules-how this can affect future career choice
  • Implications of exam results
  • Taking time out during your course
  • Completing application forms or drawing up a CV
  • Preparation for interview or other forms of selection
  • Deciding between options, e.g. job or course

Finally, you can find advice, guidance and information on jobs, opportunities and career development at

Try to reflect on where it is you want to be after you graduate, weight your expectations and opportunities out there. “Social science degrees encourage skills of analysis, interpretation and communication, which employers need,” says Campaign for Social Science.

Many graduates from our school have become successful Journalists, Civil Servants, Global Revenue Operations Analysts, IT Consultants, Paralegals, Accountants, Administrators, Clerical Officers, Classroom Assistants, Retail Managers, Social Workers, Solicitors, Teachers, Theatre Ushers and Youth Development Workers. This is because we acknowledge diversity across our student body and support individual development in our students. We also support students’ developing the sense of ownership of their development, crucial for interested and engaged interaction across different social, cultural, economic and political contexts.

What can you do with your Politics, International Studies or Philosophy degree? Click here for some ideas on the varied career choices of our graduates.

Given the range of choices you have after the graduation, we encourage all of our students to start thinking about your career options early. The skills you will learn while doing your degree with PISP include:

  • Identifying, assessing and solving problems
  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Communication and presentational skills
  • Ability to work in a team and develop leadership skills
  • Working independently, managing your time and thinking innovatively
  • See the wider picture, understanding how complex issues relate to their cultural and political setting

Of course, these skills will also help you if you want to go on to further study. The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy alone provides several unique MA programmes, such as MAs in Comparative Ethnic Conflict, European Integration and Public Policy, Gender and Society, International Politics, Irish Politics, Political Philosophy, Politics, and Violence Terrorism and Security (information on the MA degrees). We also have a growing cohort of PhD students 

If you want to discuss your ideas about your future, get in touch with Joe Morrison (Philosophy) or Timofey Agarin (Politics)  You might also find this page useful.