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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

Careers Options and Employability


We offer exceptional opportunities that will help you become critically and socially engaged graduates of the highest calibre.



Students who graduated in 2016:


72% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation.

Of those in employment:


75% are in graduate level employment with a Median salary £26,000.
 
Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2015/16 graduates.

Our graduates have an enviable record of employment and enter a wide range of career areas including business and finance, local and national government, armed forces, marketing and PR, media - newspaper and TV journalism, publishing, law, manufacturing industry, recruitment and teaching.

Our graduates have gone on to have great success in the political arena - with alumni job titles including Chief Operating Officer for the GB Equality and Human Rights Commission, Head of Defence Inquests and Disclosure in the Ministry of Defence and Political Officer in the British Embassy Mogadishu, while others hold senior academic and government positions around the world.

Other recruiters include leading employers such as the House of Commons, Accenture, British Airways, Ernst and Young, British Telecom, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Royal Navy, House of Fraser, Aldi, Channel 4, HSBC, Teach First, Durham University, Black Rock, Parliament and the Audit Commission.


References

When applying for roles many employers will ask you to supply academic references from one of your tutors. We always advise that you should approach tutors who know you and your work well, such as a special subject or dissertation tutor.

To help guide you with this process we arrange for advisors from the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre provide short presentations to each year group as part of joined up sessions with an Academic Careers Contact and the Head of Undergraduate Studies:

  • Year 1 covers an introduction to developing employability skills.
  • Year 2 focuses on internships / work experience.
  • Year 3 focuses on graduate schemes / recruitment cycle / effective on-line applications

Contact Us

T: +44 (0) 191 33 46128

Ask us: www.durham.ac.uk/study/askus