CAREERS IN… the Public Services

The links below are relevant to your subject area and will list careers information, employers in your field and job/work experience opportunities. You may want to look at other areas closely aligned to your subject area. Also bear in mind that there are a range of careers open to you which may not directly relate to the subject you have studied.

To access a comprehensive listing of occupations visit Prospects Explore Types of Jobs

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Careers Info Jobs & Work Experience Volunteering Employer Directories Related Media & Docs

Careers info

Prospects – Graduate Careers Website

  • Industry Insights – Explore career profiles, entry & progression, typical employers and future trends. Includes Government & Public Administration, Charities & Voluntary work, Armed Forces & Emergency Services.
  • Types of Jobs – Search career profiles in the public services sector includes Administration, Charity & Voluntary, Education, Health Care, Management & Statistics, Social Care & Guidance.

Target Jobs – Public Service & Government – Everything you need to know about graduate jobs in public service and government.

PHORCaST – Provides an overview of the opportunities found within public health (not just within the NHS).

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Jobs & Work Experience

Register for Unilife Connect  - Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs and careers events Log in to Unilife Connect – Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs, careers events and set up job alerts from your chosen sector.

Prospects Graduate Jobs – Search for graduate jobs in your area of interest.

For general work experience & volunteering opportunities visit the Work Experience section of the Careers Website.

Targetjobs – Graduate Jobs, Recruitment and Careers.

Welsh Ambulance Service – Search for jobs in the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Voluntary Sector Jobs – A wide range of charity jobs and third sector jobs.

Agency Central – Agency Central – recruitment agency directory, job sites, CV writing, newspaper and other media sources, career advice and more.

Parliament.UK -Vacancies in the House of Commons.

Civil Service Fast Stream – Home page of the Civil Service Fast Stream website.

GSS Recruitment – Government Statistical Services recruitment site

Civil Service Jobs – Civil Service vacancies.

Jobs in the Justice System – Includes job vacancies in the National Offender Management Service, HM Prison Service, HM Courts and Probationary Service.

HM Revenue & Customs – Jobs: Recruitment Pages

HMRC Graduate Programme– Find out about graduate opportunities in HM Revenue & Customs. – Search for academic, research, professional and support jobs in universities in the UK & abroad.

Jobs Go Public – public and not-for-profit sector jobs.

LG Jobs – Local Government Careers.

Metropolitan Police – working for a safer London.

Police Recruitment – Explore career opportunities in the Police.

National Assembly for Wales – Search for current jobs in the National Assembly for Wales.

Welsh Government – Recruitment and Career Opportunities with the Welsh Government.

Welsh Audit Office – Search for current vacancies with the WAO

National graduate development programme – local government´s management development programme.

National Health ServiceNHS Careers is the information service for careers in the National Health Service (NHS) in England.

NHS Jobs – Search for jobs within the NHS throughout England and Wales.

NHS Wales Graduate Training Scheme -Find out about different graduate pathways, vacancies and the recruitment process.

Office of National Statistics – The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the Government department responsible for collecting and publishing official statistics about the UK society and economy.

Opportunities – Public sector employment opportunities.

Public Affairs Links – Public Affairs Links is a directory for information on the lobbying industry – in the UK, Europe and the US.

Public sector careers – social care jobs website

The National Audit Office – Recruitment – Overview of the NAO, information about working for the NAO and where offices are located

Wales Probation Trust – View ‘Careers’ for information on job opportunities.

Victim Support – View ‘Get Involved’ to find out about jobs and voluntary opportunities.

Catch 22 – Charity helping young people who find themselves in difficult situations. View ‘Work for Us’ to find jobs and volunteering opportunities.

NACRO – Nacro, the crime reduction charity – view ‘Work For Us’ to find jobs.

The Princes Trust – Princes Trust website includes current vacancies.

Working for an MP – A resource for anyone working for a British Member of Parliament or with an interest in how Parliament works.


Volunteering Wales – Search volunteering opportunities in Wales by type of opportunity and location.

Interlink – Voluntary bureau for the Rhondda Cynon Taff area. Contact them to find out about a range of voluntary opportunities in the local community.

VCS CymruVCS Cymru is the operating name of Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) – a registered charity which runs the Cardiff Volunteer Centre and has been working to match potential volunteers with opportunities to help in Cardiff since 1964.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action – The WCVA offer a number of volunteering opportunities.

SOVASOVA is a national charity which champions social inclusion and provides volunteer and mentoring services.

Youth Offending Teams – Find out about volunteering opportunities with regional Youth Offending Teams.

Red Cross – Find out about voluntary and job opportunities linked to the emergency services (eg Fire & Emergency Support Service Volunteer) – View ‘About Us’ and ‘Get Involved’

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Employer Directories

Direct Gov – Local councils directory – Find jobs with local councils throughout the UK. Browse the A to Z lists, or search by county, region or country – look for jobs/vacancies or careers tabs.

Prospects: Find Graduate Employers – Search for large public sector organisations and employers and look on their website for recruitment/careers information.

Direct Gov – A-Z of Central Government – Search to find organisations within central government

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Related Media

Stand out and be counted – A guide to maximising your prospects for students studying social sciences and humanities subjects.

AGCAS Industry Insight – Government and public administration – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

AGCAS Industry Insight – Armed Forces and emergency services – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

Guardian Careers Talk Podcast – Working in the Charity Sector.

Career Player – Video profiles on Charity and ‘Not for profit’ sector, Health Care & Medical Services, Government/Public Sector, Teaching & Education.

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