Politics, International Politics

options formsResearch your future career - how do I do this?

Once you’ve done some general research into your career of interest, you may want to investigate your sector in a bit more detail. We’ve compiled some resources for you including useful websites, recruitment specialists and professional organisations.
It’s important to remember that these are more than just potential sources for vacancies; keeping informed about industry news will really help you when it comes to answering interview questions and preparing applications that stand out from the crowd.

Placement and Careers Centre (PCC)

Whether you are at the beginning of exploring your career options, or have a good idea about what you want to do, the PCC are here to help. For initial discussions you can come to Quick Query or if you need more time you can book an appointment direct with your Careers Consultant.

Our LibraryThing online resource enables you to browse the reference books available to use in the PCC. Just drop-in Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.45pm and browse the books available.

Research your sector

Sources for vacancies

  • Electus Specialist recruitment for public affairs, policy, public relations and corporate communications professionals. Clients include blue chip companies, leading trade bodies, charities, NGO's and political and communications agencies
  • Public AffairsLinks Website for lobbying careers and job opportunities in the public and government affairs industry in UK/Europe/US
  • UNjobs United Nations (UN) current vacancies listings

Professional organisations

You may find vacancies here, but you can also use these links to increase your knowledge of your chosen job type.

  • Association of Professional Political Consultants (appc) Self-regulatory body for UK public affairs professionals in the consultancy sector

  • Demos Independent think tank. Focuses on six areas: public services; science and technology; cities and public space; arts and culture; identity and global security. Works with: policy-makers, companies, public service providers and social entrepreneurs. Demos is not linked to any party but works with politicians across political divides. Their international network provides a global perspective and enables Demos to work across borders

  • Gov.UK Site providing access to all UK government departments and public services  
  • Have Your Say Round-up of the week's key Parliamentary Papers, describing the background, context and likely impact. User-friendly site, with explanations of political terminology and an extensive useful links section
  • Trades Union Congress (TUC) UK national trade union centre representing the vast majority of organised workers
  • UN Information on all aspects of the workings of the United Nations
  • UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) The WHO website has this link to NGOs working in WHO related areas

Page last updated: Wednesday 19 February 2014