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  • Careers in Politics, Social Policy and International Relations – a resource guide This leaflet is not a comprehensive guide to the field. It has been produced to give students some starting points. The Careers Advisory Service can provide help to all students regardless of the area of work they wish to go into. You might get the impression that we only deal with careers in the commercial world because it is these employers who have the biggest budgets to promote themselves on campus. This leaflet is designed to help those students who are studying Politics with Economics/IR or studying courses in the department of Social and Policy Science. It is focused on areas of work which may reflect your subject knowledge. It will also be of help to those students who have an interest in careers in politics and social policy but who may not have studied the subjects. There are only a small number of formal graduate training schemes in this area however there are a larger number of jobs. The likelihood is that you will make your career in these areas by building up experience on the job and/or taking a series of jobs. This does not mean that the experience you gain will be inferior. Most employers are committed to staff development and provide opportunities for their staff to go on courses whilst developing their skills through real work experience. Graduate training schemes, in fact, form only a small part of the jobs available to any graduates and are far from the norm you might expect. There are many interesting jobs you can apply for and hopefully the resources listed here will open your eyes to the opportunities. Remember that talking to people doing the job which interests you will enhance your understanding of what you need to do to achieve the same role yourself. Learning the art of networking is key to your success. GENERAL READING We hold a full range of occupational information so that you can research your potential career in detail - head for the blue files in the Information Room. The information in these files will tell you what graduate opportunities exist in a certain field of work, how to get in, typical salaries, and further sources of information and advice. You can view our catalogue of resources for occupational research and working & studying overseas. Click on Catalogue on our Home Page www.bath.ac.uk/careers. Look up occupational research and then under one of the headings of interest. Here are some obvious suggestions: • Administration • Charity and Development Work • Public Sector • Social, Guidance and Community work • Advertising, PR and Marketing Occupational Profiles are core reading. You can read or print copies of the profiles in the Information Room or view them in the Explore types of jobs section of www.prospects.ac.uk . They include links to professional bodies' sites, which are an
  • excellent source of information about your potential career. Some profiles of interest might include: • Civil Service Administrator • Civil Service Fast Streamer • Diplomatic Service Operational Officer • European Commission Administrator • Government Research Officer • Health Service Manager • Intelligence Analyst/Officer • International Organisations Manager • Local Government Officer • Political Party Agent • Political research assistant • Politician's assistant • Press officer • Public affairs consultant • Social researcher • Trade union research officer Also on www.prospects.ac.uk site, Industry Insights give you an overview of roles within a sector. In particular you may find the following useful: • Advertising, Marketing and PR • Charity and Development Work • Education • Government and Public Administration • Health In the Careers Advisory Service Graduate, our Contacts List provides contact information for Bath graduates who are willing to talk to current Bath students about working for their employer, and what's involved in their job. Bath careers podcasts on our website include a selection of Bath graduates working in more unusual roles who talk about how they got into their jobs and what their work involves. Other useful resources for general reading include: Target Jobs – Public Service http://targetjobs.co.uk/public-service/default.aspx - Careers Advisory Service also has copies of the associated book to give away at certain times of the year. Electus-Start www.electus-start.com - a guide to a career in politics and public affairs in the UK and European Union includes jobs and advice. Not as comprehensive as it might be but a useful overview. The Politican’s Apprentice http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/jul/22/studentpolitics.highereducation – article from the Guardian about graduate routes into politics Politico’s Guide to Careers in Politics & Government By Sally Gillman, Politico’s Publishing, 2001.- No longer in print but worth laying your hands on this. Policy Jobs www.policyjobs.net - Public policy jobs and internships, includes think tank directory. US focus.
  • Political Jobs www.politicaljobs.net - Listings for positions around the world. The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/society - worth browsing Wednesday issue for more senior jobs you can aspire to. WORKING IN UK GOVERNMENT Jobs Online is the website of the Civil Service http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs. This site is supposed to capture all vacancies within the Civil Service. You should look at the Fast Stream section as well as the section for Undergraduates and Graduates. Graduates also join departments directly by applying for individual posts as they are advertised on this site. It is then possible to apply to the Civil Service Fast Stream as an internal candidate. WORKING IN UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT Local Government Careers www.lgcareers.com/ - general website which includes a where to look for jobs section and a section especially for graduates. National Graduate Development Programme www.ngdp.co.uk – two year programme including rotations in host council and Postgraduate Diploma at Warwick University. Regional Development Agencies www.englandsrdas.com – responsible for regeneration and sustainable development in nine UK regions. Apply direct for advertised posts A-Z of central government departments, executive agencies and non- departmental public bodies www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/A-ZOfCentralGovernment/index.htm - helpful if you want to target particular departments or just want to know the scope of the Civil Service and its agencies. HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE NHS Management Schemes http://www.nhsgraduates.co.uk/ Adult Social Care Graduate Management Trainee Scheme http://www.skillsacademyforsocialcare.org.uk/graduatescheme/index.asp - new in 2009. The scheme, which is being supported of the Department of Health, provides a year of management and leadership experience for 20 recent graduates, hosted by one of 20 employers from the private, voluntary and statutory sectors across England. Not open to those qualifying in Social Work. In 2009 it closed in June. WORKING IN WESTMINSTER UK Parliament Jobs www.parliament.uk/useful/job_opportunities.cfm - listings of all parliamentary positions, and also an email job alert to sign up for. Work for an MP www.w4mp.org – jobs listing for working in parliament (and not just for jobs with MPs). Also Includes think tanks, lobby groups etc. • Students wanting to work for an MP should also contact political party headquarters to find out about any available opportunities see http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page205 for a list. The House Magazine www.housemag.co.uk – weekly publication for the Houses of Parliament for those interested in legislation and policy
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND LOBBYING Public Affairs Links http://www.publicaffairslinks.co.uk/ - website for careers in the lobbying industry. International. The Public Affairs Network http://www.publicaffairsnetworking.com/ - network and leading resource for the public affairs, government relations, policy & communications industry Association of Professional Political Consultancies www.appc.org.uk Directory of political lobbying by Justin Johnson, Politico’s Publishing, 2002 - list of political consultancies, their staff and clients. Politico’s Guide to Political Lobbying by Charles Miller, Politico’s Publishing, 2000. THINK TANKS One way to work in the political sphere – and to get experience – is to work for a think tank. Think tanks conduct research and publish on a range of domestic or international policy issues, some specialising in particular areas. There are many think tanks in the UK and abroad. Notable organisations which offer internships include Demos www.demos.co.uk, the Institute of Public Policy Research www.ippr.org.uk , the Foreign Policy Centre www.fpc.org and Chatham House http:// www.chathamhouse.org.uk/. Other lists can be found at: Policy Research Think Tanks in the UK – a select list http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/thinktanks.pdf World Think Tanks http://www.policyjobs.net/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=807&Itemid=446 The Leading Public Policy Research Organizations In The World http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/leading_think_tanks_in_the_world.pdf Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_think_tanks - looks a good list! Article from Kings College Careers Service http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/admin/acareg/careers/students/resources/third/n otforprofit2.html SOCIAL RESEARCH Social Researcher Job Profile http://www.prospects.ac.uk/links/socres Directory of social research organisations in the United Kingdom book available at the Careers Advisory Service Government Social Research Service http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/networks/professional/gsr/ Social Research Association http://www.the-sra.org.uk/careers.htm - careers page Social Policy Research Centres and Institutes http://www.globalwelfare.net/links.htm#research UK Social Policy Association http://www.social-policy.com/ - also includes links to similar associations outside the UK Jobs.ac.uk www.jobs.ac.uk – a site that includes jobs in universities as well as research institutes.
  • EUROPEAN UNION Work for the EU http://europa.eu/about-eu/working-eu-institutions/index_en.htm - this includes how to work for the individual institutions as well as traineeships (the most common route for new graduates) which are available. Meet our Colleagues http://europa.eu/epso/discover/careers/meet_our_colleagues/index_en.htm - loads of profiles of people who work in the EU Institutions. Discover EU Careers http://europa.eu/epso/discover/index_en.htm - there is an EU Careers information sheet linked on this page plus links to selection procedures including sample tests. Apply Here http://europa.eu/epso/apply/index_en.htm - gives information about current recruitment competitions UK Civil Service European Fast Stream http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/FastStream/GraduateFastStream/EFS.aspx – working for the UK government on European issues EU Delegation of the EC to the US - Internships http://www.eurunion.org/eu/images/PDF/InternBrochure.pdf – for students and recent graduates based in Washington, offered three times a year. INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS Foreign and Commonwealth Office http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/working-for-us/ Department for International Development http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFID/Working-for-DFID1/. I Want To Work In An International Organisation http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/internationalorg.htm - excellent resource from University of Kent Careers Service. PEACE AND CONFLICT Developing a Career in International Peace and Conflict Resolution http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/ACT_ConflictResolution.pdf NGOS AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS There are a large number of development websites and other resources out there so where do you start? Here are a few starting points. The Careers Advisory Service has information on our website: http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/catalogue/occupational.html#charities In particular I recommend: Working in Development published by World Service Enquiry Excellent careers advice for anyone wanting to get into this area. Reference copy available at Careers Advisory Service. Available from http://www.wse.org.uk/core/wid.htm for £10.99 incl pp Volunteering for Development another WSE publication with a fantastic list of organisations offering opportunities as well as useful careers advice. Reference copy available at Careers Advisory Service. Available from http://www.wse.org.uk/guides/vol.htm for £9.25 incl pp Opportunities Abroad listing the latest aid, development and faith agencies vacancies is subscribed to by the Careers Advisory Service. Now includes a section
  • on entry level positions. Campus access only: http://www.bath.ac.uk/careers/springboard.bho/wse.html University of Sussex CDEC web pages on International Development link to information and advice on areas like NGOs, graduate schemes, Consulting Firms, Development courses, careers advice, and job listings. www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec/careers_path.php?carpath=15&carsection=4 University of London “Getting into International Development” web pages http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/output/Page615.asp . Experiencedevelopment.org acts as a portal to information on many different aspects of development www.experiencedevelopment.org/ Development Courses Guide www.devstud.org.uk/directories/course/ HUMAN RIGHTS Human Rights Opportunities by Sophia Pickles, SOAS University of London 2006 http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/SOASHumanRights.pdf I Want to Work in Human Rights http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/humanrights.htm - another excellent resource from University of Kent Careers Service. POLITICAL RISK Working in Risk www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/admin/acareg/careers/students/course/sspp/risk.html - a resource from Kings College Careers Service Financial Risk Analyst Job Profile www.prospects.ac.uk/links/RiskAnalyst/ - not dealing specifically with political risk, but a good place to start If you find any really useful websites you would like to share please contact me at s.a.briault@bath.ac.uk. November 2009