For those who want to influence the way public services are run and make a difference to society, this sector might be for you. This could include roles with organisations such as:
Click on each career below for links to publications and websites that provide further information on each career area.
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Civil Service - provides comprehensive information about the range of career opportunities available in the service and gives details of the different graduate entry routes including the Fast Stream It contains information about all of the government departments, work experience opportunities, placement schemes and vacancy listings
Read alumnus Oli's blog on applying for the Civil Service Fast Stream
European Fast Stream - opportunities to work with the EU as part of the UK Civil Service, including postings in and secondments to EU departments
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - provides comprehensive information about careers in the EU institutions
The House of Commons - information about career opportunities and undergraduate sandwich student placements
MI5 and MI6 security services - information on opportunities in the secret services. The BBC has published a useful insight into the world of spies!
John Pearson, geography alumnus and Head of the China Department, talks about:
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East Midlands Jobs - public sector and third sector opportunities across the East Midlands
Local Government Jobs - information about working in local councils, with over 200 career descriptions and job listings
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) - opportunities exist within KTP, a three way partnership between a graduate, university and an organisation. The graduate is employed to manage a project with dedicated support from the university.
National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government - everything you need to know about the NGDP
Council of Europe - acts as a kind of secretariat and works towards promoting national interests. This is their main jobs site. Currently employs between 3,000 and 4,000 staff.
Council of Europe Traineeships - graduate-level traineeships lasting between eight weeks and five months. Some eligibility criteria apply, but they are eager to receive applications from the UK.
European Commission - the equivalent of the UK's Civil Service and is politically neutral. Discover the full range of roles on offer in this area of the EU. Currently employs 24,000 full-time staff
European Commission languages and translation portal - portal for working with languages within the European Union
European Fast Stream - opportunities to work with the EU as part of the UK Civil Service, including postings in and secondments to EU deparments
European Parliament - represents EU citizens and is politically driven. This site is the main recruitment portal for the European Parliament. Currently consists of around 8,000 staff.
European Union careers portal - the main careers portal for the European Union
EuroBrussels - jobs and placements with NGOs, lobbyists and other organisations that are either affiliated with, or work closely with, the EU
Horizon 2020 - scientific research and innovation funding available with the EU
Gov.uk - the government website for the public services sector.
JobsGoPublic - job search facility and public sector news updates
NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme - opportunities in finance, general management, human resources and health informatics
Prospects - for a professional insight into the careers in this industry
TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies
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