Careers and Entrepreneurship

International development

Find out what you can do with an International Development degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Environment - International Development - Politics - Social and Welfare Services - Charity & Voluntary Sector - Civil Service

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex International Development graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex International Development graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2019, 83% of respondents from International Development were in work or further study. 67% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that International Development graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: Shout Out UK - HARP - Friends, Families and Travellers - Mayday Trust - USSU

Job roles: Education Co-ordinator - Campaign and Research Intern - Health and Policy Officer - Life Coach - Role Model Project Assistant

Further study: MA Gender and Development (Sussex) - MA Gender, Violence and Conflict (Sussex) - MA Human Rights (Sussex) - MA International Relations (Sussex) - MA International Education (Sussex) - MSc Occupational Therapy (Sheffield Hallam University)

More ideas

  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex International Development graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

Gaining experience before you graduate is crucial in this sector. This could be through volunteering with local charities, NGOs and not for profits or joining relevant university societies. Overseas experience is particularly valuable.

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from International Development include flexibility, presentation skills, independent learning, organisation and time management, written communication and interpersonal skills.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

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