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Careers and Employability

Graduates of the Division of Peace Studies and International Development go on to a wide range of careers, from teaching, to work in international aid organisations, charities, or government jobs such as the police, the armed forces or civil service. Some set up their own social enterprises. Many of our graduates found that their academic training has made a very positive contribution: firstly to their ability to gain specific employment, and subsequently both to their performance and to their job satisfaction.

More than half the job vacancies advertised nationally do not specify a particular degree subject. Employers emphasise the need for transferable intellectual skills, self-skills and interactive attributes such as teamwork or persuasiveness – all of which you will learn from life both on your course and at the University in general.

As you can see, we have built skills and competencies into these degrees so that when you graduate you can demonstrate why you are the best candidate for that job you want! Our new degree courses have been expressly designed to help you secure a career in the field of your choice. Our teaching is very interactive and focussed on professionalism and employability. You will study in groups and teams, develop your own research projects, go on field trips, engage in extended role plays, write ‘professional’ reports, and develop a wide range of tangible skills directly applicable to a wide range of careers in peace, conflict and international development.

You will also get to know our many Masters and alumni who are already pursuing interesting work in the fields you want to join. You will be able to learn from cultural, personal and professional backgrounds and draw on these networking opportunities in the future.

That’s why we employ a Careers and Alumni Officer whose job is to support the development of your employability skills and links with potential employers. Our Practitioner Engagement Programme provides an opportunity to meet with practitioners – many of them alumni of the Division – who are working in a range of fields that you might want to enter. You can quiz them on what their job entails, how they got there, and what the main challenges are.

Luke Irving

Luke Irving

Luke graduated from the Division with a BA in International Relations and Security Studies. He joined the British army as an engineer and went on to work in landmine clearance operations around the world (for the Halo Trust). He currently trains the White Helmets in Syria in civilian rescue (pulling people out of bombed buildings) for Mayday Rescue.

Carla Castaneda

Carla Castaneda

Carla was a Rotary Peace Fellow on our Master’s programme, class of 2006. She is now Security Advisor to the Canadian Embassy to Tunisia. After graduating from Bradford, she continued to focus on security issues with Global Affairs Canada. She managed Canada’s conflict resolution and peacebuilding programmes in Colombia, and conducted regional security analysis on North Africa and the Americas.

Annabel Morrisey

Annabel Morrisey

Annabel graduated in Peace and Development Studies. Recently she has been responsible for overseeing the thematic area of conflict and fragility across Oxfam GB. Some 60 per cent of Oxfam’s money is spent in conflict-affected areas and so an understanding of conflict and war affect poverty and development is essential for any job in the humanitarian or development field. Through Annabel the Peace Studies and International Development department has been doing some work on conflict sensitivity with Oxfam staff.