Careers and Employability Service
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Defence and public protection

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 This sector covers a wide range of occupations, such as:

  • police officers
  • paramedics
  • firefighters
  • armed forces
Click on each career below for links to publications and websites that provide further information on each career area. 
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Armed forces


Emergency services

  • BlueLineJobs - jobsite for the police and criminal justice community, including a useful careers overview section
  • Could you? Police - provides an insight into police officer, special constable and police community support officer careers, including the application process and salary expectations
  • College of Policing - provides recruitment and vacancy links for all forces across England and Wales
  • Fire and Rescue Recruitment - find out about the recruitment process for the UK Fire and Rescue Service
  • NHS Careers - information about the different roles available in the ambulance service, including entry requirements, real life stories and a leaflet to download
  • Police Now -  a two-year graduate programme. After initial training, graduates become a Ward Officer forging close relationships between the Metropolitan Police Service and theirpartners in the local authority, NHS, housing associations and the local community
  • Prospects - for a professional insight into the careers in this industry
  • TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies

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Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679