Explore career options
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Politics and International Relations
Your careers team
Based in the Bridgeman Building, Deborah can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs and opportunities. She has weekly bookable 20 minute appointments in the Bridgeman Building that you can book on Careers Online.
- Exploring your career options if you are unsure what to do via a careers consultation.
- Mock interviews to help you prepare via a careers consultation.
- To book a careers consultation or mock interview, please call 01509 222 039.
- Email Deborah with any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in the Bridgeman building, Kate can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities.
- She has weekly bookable 20 minute appointments both in Bridgeman Building and within your departments that you can book on Careers Online.
- Kate will also send you tailored information to keep you updated with the latest relevant opportunities and events.
Room U2:10 Brockington Building
Phone: 01509 228329
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Key skills developed during your degree
- The ability to research, source and examine information thoroughly
- The ability 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
Approximately 60% of graduate roles are open to all disciplines. The links below are specific to Politics and International Relations, if you would like information on other career areas, please visit the career areas section of our website.
Careers directly related to your degree:
- Civil Service
- European Union
- International/Humanitarian Aid - see our International Aid leaflet for more information
- Local, national and international government
- Political Risk
- Public Affairs
- Think Tanks
- Trade unions
Careers where degree would be useful:
*You can also look at other course pages depending on other modules you have taken and/or are interested in*
Further study at Loughborough University:
Please visit the Politics, History and International Relations department webpage for details on postgraduate further study.
Further study elsewhere:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough Politics and International Relations graduates do?
Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released in Spring 2020.
The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR).
Six months after graduating in 2017…
Main activity: 97% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
Mean salary: £24,191 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
Industry locations (professional level roles): 54% in London, 13% stayed in the East Midlands, 11% in the South East, 10% in the East of England, 6% in the West Midlands, 3% in the North West and 2% in Wales.
Industry sectors (professional level roles): 21% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 18% were in financial and insurance activities; 13% were in administrative and support service activities; 12% were in information and communication and 9% were in education.
American Express, BBC, Civil Service, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, FDM Group, Local Government, Microsoft, Royal Mail, Softcat, Zenith
Account Executive, Area Manager, Business Development Executive, Client Executive, Consultant, Digital Marketing Intern, Graduate Analyst, Ministerial Correspondence Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Research Associate, Trainee Auditor
Further Study included:
MSc International Financial and Political Relations, MA Global Political Communication, MSc Marketing, PGCE Primary Teaching, MA Middle Eastern Studies, MA History, MA Politics Governance and Public Policy, MSc Security Studies, MPhil Management
Resources to research career areas
- DLHE: Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Data
- Graduate profiles: What did students who studied your subject do
- Prospects: Options with a Politics Degree
- Prospects: Options with an International Relations Degree
- Prospects: Options with a History Degree
- Target jobs: What Can I Do With a Politics Degree
There are a number of videos available providing you with first-hand accounts of certain careers; including information on industries, sectors, job roles and tips on how to get into specific roles.
Some examples include:
Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs
Organisations that have graduate schemes directly related to Politics and International Relations:
- British Council - number of internships, volunteering and work experience opportunities around the world including teaching english abroad, erasmus+ and traineeships
- City and County Council Graduate Programmes
- Civil Service Fast Stream
- EU Graduate Administration Scheme
- HMRC: intelligence analyst roles advertised on civil service website
- National Graduate Development Programme
Politics and International Relations specific websites:
- Civil Service Fast Stream
- Civil Service jobs
- Euro Brussels
- Institute of Development Studies
- London School of Economics
- Parliament Jobs website
- Public Affairs website
- Relief Web
- Work in the EU
- Work 4 an MP
For generic placement and graduate websites, please see our Finding jobs/opportunities pages
Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)
- Chartered Institute of Public Relations
- European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations
- The ‘home of professional UK fundraising’
Sector and labour market information (LMI):