Options with a degree in politics

A degree in Politics equips you with a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable across a wide range of sectors.

  • show a thorough knowledge of political ideas, institutions and practice
  • demonstrate understanding of key political events which have shaped the world
  • formulate and advocate solutions to problems
  • identify, analyse and interpret complex information drawn from a variety of sources
  • prepare and present an argument coherently and with authority
  • demonstrate transferable skills relating to communication, organisation, teamwork and critical reasoning.

These skills, along with other factors of career choice – what you like doing (your interests), what’s important to you (your values) and your personality type – will help you make informed career decisions. Remember that your career may be based on the skills you’ve gained over the course of your degree studies.

Some of the main career options with a Politics degree are:

You can find out more about these on Prospects what can I do with a politics degree? as well as the wide variety of jobs where your skills and knowledge are applicable.  TARGETJobs also has very detailed information on politics based careers

Useful resources to help with your careers research  

The icould.com website also has a full range of careers information interviews and case studies featuring numerous different roles which you can search through a selection of a few are listed below:

To help you explore the wide range of career options open to you have a look at Prospects what can I do with my degree? and take the Prospects Career Planner Quiz.


If you are interested in gaining some voluntary experience locally you may find the following websites helpful

Internships & work experience 

Finding a graduate job

General job searching sites for graduates – all disciplines 

The following websites may be helpful to search the wider job market, where your transferable skills can be applied.

Graduate schemes

Many leading UK employers across all industries run graduate training programmes, to discover the benefits of these schemes and how you apply the links below will help:

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