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Politics: Insider Views

Politics, Social Research, Think Tanks & Lobbying


Insider Views

See what former students have done and get insights into working in the sector


  • Offers a chance to put your point of view across and support causes you consider important
  • Interesting, challenging and varied work


  • Can be very expensive
  • Getting elected usually involves a high cost in terms of time and energy
  • In parties, work-loads are likely to rise around elections with no extra pay
  • Advocating a particular political view-point is likely to upset somebody, be prepared to be somewhat unpopular

What Our Graduates Do

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to find work in this field. Here's some of the roles they went into:

Parliamentary Assistants in the House of Commons and the EU

A Campaigns Intern for 38 degrees (studied Politics and International Relations)

A Policy Advisor for DEFRA (Studied Geography and Development Studies)

A Policy Researcher for Demos Thinktank (studied Human Rights)

Current Awareness

Staying aware of the political situation is important in this field

You may also want to look at the blogs and writings of politicians to see what they are interested in

Here are some tips for getting information effectively

Notable Alumni

Ben Bradshaw MP

Ben Bradshaw MP

Labour MP for Exeter and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport
Graduated from Sussex: 1982
Subject: German

Started his career as a journalist for an Exeter local radio, before moving on to radio

He joined parliament in 1997 and was first made a minister in 2001


Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

Conservative MP for Lichfield
Graduated from Sussex: 1976
Subject: Operations Research MA

Went on to do further study and worked as an engineer, then set up his own company

Was active in the Conservative Party locally


Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki

Former President of the Republic of South Africa
Graduated from Sussex: 1965
Subject: Economics

Mbeki came to Sussex as an exile from South Africa, and organised the anti-apartheid movement

He then worked in London, campaigning against apartheid, received combat training in the USSR and worked Botswana

He helped to negotiate the release of political prisoners, and returned to South Africa when Mandela was freed