Unravelling the UN: What it’s like to work there and how to get in

Posted by Aimee Wilde on 2 March 2016

During a UN Careers event at King’s this week, almost 100 students flocked to listen to alumna Sarah Marshall. Having gained an MA in ‘Non Proliferation and International Security’ in 2015, Sarah is now a Programme Manager for UNMAS, the United Nations Mine Action Service.

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

The 10 most popular Careers Group articles of 2015

Posted by Harry Picken on 11 January 2016

2015 was a busy year in higher education. It saw a higher education Green Paper, the proposal of a teaching excellence framework, and more students than ever seeking career advice from their university. But, let's not forget the hundreds of blogs published by The Careers Group for offering news and career advice for students, graduates, career centres and employers.

2015 also saw us launch a new-look blog platform where you can subscribe to email updates in addition to a new blog dedicated to graduate recruiters.

But which articles had you clicking the most? Here are the top 10 most-read of 2015.


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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy, employability skills, CVs and applications, career choice, Postgraduate study, international development, entrepreneurship

Careers in the UN

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 8 October 2015

The UN is the ultimate ambition for many an International Relations student and routes of entry can be difficult to get a handle on. In theory all the information you need is on their official careers portal UN Careers. A new site has come to my attention which may also be helpful UNjobfinder. It has no affiliation to the UN but is run by a Swedish Social Enterprise aiming to support people wanting to pursue careers in International Development. In the past bogus UN job sites offering internships for hefty fees have been brought to my attention, but this one seems to be above board and contains lots of useful information. They gather current vacancies from around 1000 international organisations including internships. Perhaps the most useful part of the site is the ‘career resources’ where podcasts with UN employees give examples of paths of entry.

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

What is a Weapons Researcher?

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 1 October 2015
Here is an interesting position advertised on JobOnline.  There are a number of career buzz words that frequently come up with War Studies/International Relations/Political Economy students: policy, conflict resolution, research, journalism, public affairs, analysis, and humanitarian impact.
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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

Campaigning Experience

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 21 September 2015

The referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is on the horizon The ‘In’ Campaign is getting its ducks in a row.  They are advertising on JobOnline this week for a number of roles including Press Officer, Researcher and Head of Stakeholder Relationships. These positions may be of interest to recent graduates  with some campaigning experience under their belts. Current students might view the referendum as an opportunity to gain some political campaigning experience on a national scale. Whether the Yes or the No campaign takes your fancy, getting in now whilst the teams are forming could be the perfect opportunity to create a valuable internship at the centre of a national campaign.


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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

5 Opportunities in International Relations

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 28 August 2015

Occasionally I see students who say they want to work in international relations, but when I ask them what that means in terms of a job role or job title they are often a bit hazy. You could describe those working in international relations as being those that influence, analyse or implement foreign policy. International relations take place in multilateral and intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs), private sector organisations and local and national governments.  To add a little more meat to these bones I thought I would pull five current vacancies from JobOnline that could broadly speaking be described as international relations. These are roles from various points of the career ladder.

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

Speakers Parliamentary Placement Scheme

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 17 August 2015

The House of Commons are offering 10, nine month paid internships at the House of Commons, where students get to work with an MP as their Parliamentary assistant.  I don’t think it’s explicitly aimed at any minority groups, but it’s big on talking about recruiting people from diverse backgrounds, opening up politics to the people who aren’t traditionally represented. All details are available on JobOnline.

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

Tales from the Humanitarian Frontline

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 12 August 2015

On Tuesday August 18th 2015, the Overseas Development Institute is running an event that might be of interest to aspiring aid workers.  

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Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy

Public Affairs Intern - WWF

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 20 July 2015

Location : Living Planet Centre - Woking

WWF-UK is the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation and operates in a truly global network. It plays a crucial role in influencing political decision-making on issues such as climate change, marine protection and illegal trading of endangered species.

WWF-UK is looking for an Intern who wishes to gain experience in political influencing to join its busy public affairs team for three months.

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy

Assistant Programme Manager Nepal - Internship

Posted by Fiona Richardson on 17 July 2015

I always feel uneasy about advertising unpaid internships which require a considerable commitment. I am making an exception as this internship with Street Child does look like a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to start a career in international development to get some heavy duty field experience. It was sent to me by a recent King's War Studies grad who is just off to Nepal to manage this project.

  • Salary unpaid
  • Location Nepal, Asia and Middle East
  • Job Type Voluntary

Job Description

Assistant Programme Manager (intern/volunteer) – Nepal

Street Child are looking for a highly motivated, self-sufficient development professional to support our disaster response programme in Nepal.

The focus of Street Child’s earthquake response is Okhaldhunga District, where Street Child are the lead agency for the UNICEF education cluster - delivering over 40 emergency school projects and coordinating a wider NGO effort

The role will require regular presence in UNICEF and other inter-agency meetings in Kathmandu as well as in Okhaldhunga. In Okhaldhunga, the focus will be on ensuring excellent project progress, monitoring and in particular, ensuring the effective NGO coordination in the education sector through weekly meetings. There will be a lot of independent work.

We are urgently looking for an excellent candidate who:

  • Is available to start no later than early September;
  • Holds a relevant Masters degree;
  • Boasts excellent communication & relationship-buildings skills;
  • Is highly self-sufficient, hard-working; and possesses strong initiative.

This role is for an initial three-month period, with an expectation of extension in Nepal – or transfer into one of Street Child’s post-Ebola programmes in either Sierra Leone or Liberia.

It is hoped that this role will provide an entry point for a longer career in the organisation.

Full details on JobOnline

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Topics: Jobs and Internships, Peace, Politics and Policy

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