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PIR Alumni Careers Event

Eight PIR Alumni Demonstrate Range of Ways Ahead

7 December saw the second of PIR’s 50th Birthday Careers Panels. The first, highly acclaimed, formed part of the ‘kick-off’ weekend in September.

This time eight panellists, graduates of the last decade or so, both ‘first degree’ and post grad alumni of the department, gathered to give on-course students the benefit of their wisdom, experience – and wit – discussing the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of their subsequent career paths.

As with the earlier panel, they showed the range of possibilities that a Politics degree can open up. Some linked directly with the practice of politics – Special Advisor to a UK Cabinet Minister; Researcher for an MP ; policy development for the TUC or for a Local Authority –via journalism and entrepreneurship, to work for the Financial Services Authority and a senior policy role with a national youth charity.

Their enthusiasm was infectious, and after the main session, on-course students had the chance to quiz them more informally and to gain new ideas about the career prospects open to them after graduation.

A recording of the event will soon be available on the web-site. Warm thanks are due to student volunteers who helped with roving microphones and the organisation, and to Ruth Nicol who undertook the bulk of the administration.