Careers and Entrepreneurship


Find out what you can do with a Politics 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:

Politics - Civil Service - Public services - Accountancy - Journalism - Marketing, Advertising & PR

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 Politics graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Politics graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 92% of respondents from Politics were in work or further study. 71% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

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

Employers: Houses of Parliament - Cabinet OfficeCharles Taylor PLC - The Diana Award - Third City - Ted Baker - Matthew Gold and Co. - SEO London - Richard Davies

Job roles: Civil Servant - Compliance Assistant - Campaign Management - PR Trainee/Intern - Legal Officer - Fundraiser and Alumni Engagement - Analytics Administrator

Further study: MA International Relations (Sussex), MA International Politics (Sussex), MA Social and Political Thought (Sussex)

More ideas

  • Your degree in Politics - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Politics 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.

If you want to get into politics, think about taking a proactive approach. Contact MPs or political parties directly about workshadowing or work experience opportunities. Get involved with local political parties and canvassing. Make speculative approaches. 

When writing your CV and covering letter, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Politics include analysis and interpretation, intellectual debate, interpersonal skills, problem solving, research, and self-management.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

Finding opportunities