I want to work in...Government, Politics and Policy

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of the public services and administration sector


Typical job profiles

Civil Service faststreamer

Diplomatic Service officer

Local government officer

Policy officer


Useful online resources

Opportunities Public sector media, includes job and careers information

Sustainability career guide

See also page on Policy and Research


Job sites and specialist recruiters

TARGETjobs Career sectors: Public service & government 

Public sector careers Guardian newspaper articles, blogs etc

Think Tanks List of links, some offering internships


Central Government

Civil Service Jobs Online includes information on all professional entry routes and Fast Stream scheme

Directgov Government's centralised information service

Holyrood Jobs

Scottish Government recruitment

Working at Parliament

Working at the Scottish Parliament

Working for an MP - W4MP - how parliament works, guides and jobs

Working for an MP - article from Prospects

Faststream careers in the Houses of Parliament

A view from the inside:House of Lords (youtube video)

A view from the inside: House of Commons (youtube video)


Local Government

Jobsgopublic Mainly jobs in England

Local Goverment careers career descriptions, employee profiles England & Wales

Local Government Vacancies Scotland (myjobScotland)

National Graduate Development Programme only local authorities in England and Wales


Think Tanks

Think Tanks are organisations which explore and research issues including social, public and economic policy and reform, social justice, democracy, and the environment.  Most are independent but some are government funded and/or linked to a political party.  

Working in the Think Tank sector - recording of a session hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Resolution Foundation YouTube channel includes videos about Working in the Think Tank Sector

Smart Thinking careers resources, including blogs and interviews, for those wanting to work in think tanks or policy 

Policy Exchange UK's Leading Think Tank



NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme  Only England

NHS Scotland Graduate Management Training Scheme Scotland

NHS Wales Graduate Management Training Scheme Wales

ISD Scotland NHS Scotland Information Services Directorate


Supra-National Organisations

Euro Brussels internships

European Commission Civil Service

Career opportunities at the UN (pdf)

Professional bodies

Many professional bodies and trade associations provide careers information and/or vacancy listings on their websites.


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the LinkedIn alumni tool to make contact with Strathclyde alumni working in this area.