Government and Public Services
The range and breadth of opportunities in Government and Public Administration reflects the highly diverse remit of this sector
Running a country at national, regional and city/metropolitan levels requires staff and administrators for all kinds of roles: economists, statisticians, policy analysts, legal experts, researchers, scientists, communication specialists, accountants and many more.
This briefing focuses on the opportunities, routes into and career paths for those interested in the UK Civil Service and local government. For roles in international government see our information on International Organisations.
The flagship graduate programme in this sector is Civil Service Fast Stream. However there are a multitude of other organisations, graduate programmes and direct entry opportunites and anyone interested in working in the public sector should broaden their search and research to encompass the very wide array of potential employers. For example:
- The Local Government sector is an important graduate destination and each year more than 50 local authorities offer positions through the Local Government Association’s (LGA) National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP); outside the NGDP, other local authorities are also likely to recruit for direct entry positions.
- There will be opportunities across many front line services such as law and order, social work, teaching and healthcare. In the UK, all these fields offer specific graduate entry and accelerated development programmes.
- Direct entry positions to all the above, including civil service departments, agencies and other public bodies.
- Beyond this, roles in policy, campaigning, communications, think tanks and even frontline politics can offer attractive alternatives.