Career Option- Politics, International Studies & Philosophy

  • Career Option- Politics, International Studies & Philosophy

Graduate Destinations from your programme

A survey of graduates 6 months after graduation reveals that Queen's graduates from these programmes have recently gone into the following:

  • International Studies (Jobs): Associate Accountant, Deputy Manager, Civil Servant, Support Officer
  • International Studies (Further Study): MA Violence Terrorism and Security, MA Intelligence and International Security, MA Social Justice and Conflict Transformation, MA Political & Social Science
  • Philosophy (Jobs): House Manager of an Arts Centre, Mortgage Consultant, Business Officer for Political Party
  • Philosophy (Further Study): MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations, Masters in Law
  • Politics (Jobs):Accounts Executive, Compliance Officer, Economic Policy Adviser, Student Officer, Financial Analyst, Researcher to an MSP, Economics and Policy Consultant, Purchasing and Marketing Manager
  • Politics (Further Study): MA Legislative Studies and Practice, PhD Anthropology, MA Violence, Terrorism and Security, MA International relations, PhD International Relations, MA Conflict Transformation & Social Justice, PGCE Politics, MSc Software Development

Some Recent Employers: Ernst & Young, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Paddy Power, Lloyds Bank Group, Chambre Public Affairs, HM Treasury, Citi Group.

Non-graduate jobs: As with all programmes at all universities, some graduates have not gone into graduate level work. Recent roles have included: Banking Advisor, Sales Assistant and Administrative Assistant.

There can be many reasons to explain this including saving for further study, getting relevant work experience, wanting to take some time-out, but often it is due to a lack of career planning prior to graduating. Reviewing these careers resources and taking advantage of opportunities to Go Further will help to ensure that you fulfil your career potential. If you wish to book an appointment to discuss your options and plan your career you can do this through myfuture.

The National picture: What do graduates do? is an annual report showing the national picture of graduate destinations.


General Graduate Options

Approximately 50% of graduate vacancies are open graduates of any subject. Some may require some additional, specialist, post-graduate training but some do not. The list is extensive but includes fields as diverse as accountancy, IT, housing management and recruitment consultancy.  You can get an idea of the variety of opportunities plus find year-long and summer work opportunities by looking on the graduate scheme websites.


How do I make a decision?

There isn’t one right way to make a career decision, but there are a few things worth doing and worth considering in order to make an informed choice:

  1. Don’t think you have to choose just one option – instead a shortlist of preferred options can be a useful strategy. Transferable skills can be gained from any type of work experience, so even if your work experience relates to one area, that won’t restrict you from moving into a different area.
  2. Think about what is important to you and look for evidence of those things when exploring your options e.g. if it is a priority for you to stay in Northern Ireland, look at the Relevant Job Websites for career areas that interest you to see how many job adverts you can find for that type of work here.
  3. The above are just a few of the options related to your degree area. It isn’t a comprehensive list.  Spend some time exploring the Relevant Job Websites to find other job titles and areas.
  4. Look at LinkedIn’s alumni tool (Topic 5 on the LinkedIn for students website) to see the career paths of alumni on LinkedIn.
  5. Speak to company representatives at on campus events (including fairs and employer presentations). Keep an eye on MyFuture for these opportunities.
  6. Need more information – approach any contacts you have, or speculatively approach companies, to set-up an information interview.
  7. If you’ve managed to successfully make use of an information interview, you could ask for a brief period of work-shadowing, i.e. observing someone while they work.  As little as a few hours of work-shadowing can give you a real insight into a job and company, and it is often easier for a company to agree to this than it would be to agree to a period of work experience.
  8. Still can’t decide? Sometimes you can only truly get a feel for whether a certain job is for you by trying it out.  Short-term work experience for students is a great method for trying-out different jobs and companies - see "What can I do to Go Further?" to find relevant opportunities.  If you are a graduate, remember, even a permanent job isn’t necessarily a job for life!

If you’d like to discuss any of this with a Careers Consultant please book an appointment through MyFuture.