On Thursday 3 March the University of Westminster’s Department of Politics and International Relations, together with the Career Development Centre, hosted a successful and engaging Careers in Politics and International Relations panel.

Students attending the event had the opportunity to hear from successful and inspiring panellists, such as Head of Public Affairs at the European Parliament Information Office UK, Dominic Brett; Acting Head of Global Partnerships at UK Aid’s Department of International Development, Hugo Gorst-Williams; Senior Programme Director of Legatum Institute, Allana Putze; United Nations Association – UK Campaigns and Communications Officer, Isabelle Younane; and Head of UK delegation in Mauritania at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Vinay Talwar.

The panellists gave students an insight into opportunities available within their organisations as well as an overview of their career paths. Students also had the chance to talk to the panellists in an informal way about some of the issues around developing a career profile in the field.

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“I found the event very informative and definitely very interesting, especially as I’m trying to decide what I want to do with my future right now,” commented one student.

Panellist Vinay Talwar from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Why I think it’s important to be here at the University of Westminster is to try and encourage more applicants from more diverse and representative backgrounds in the UK to join the Foreign Office.”

The event was planned with the University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre, who have a hands-on approach to students’ professional development.

Speaking about the event, Faculty Director and Chair of the event Dr Thomas Moore, said: “Today’s event was about giving our students an opportunity to meet with leaders in the field of Politics and International Relations. We’ve got a range of panellists from across the sector, such as the Commonwealth Office and the Department of International Development. And these government bodies really make a difference to public policy, especially at the international level.

“We know that it’s a highly competitive sector and that’s why this event is about giving our students the chance to talk to those people who’ve really made an impact, and have developed a real career profile in the area of politics and international relations.”

The University of Westminster’s Department of Politics and International Relations, within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, is renowned for the international quality of its research.

Westminster’s Politics and International Relations BA Honours provides an integrated approach for understanding the comparative dimensions of politics at the local, regional, national and global level. Past graduates have gone on to develop careers in various sectors, including the Civil Service, NGOs, the European Union and the United Nations.

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