What can I do with my course in international relations?
Careers in international relations
Your knowledge of power, conflict, diplomacy, arms control, terrorism, civil society, foreign policy, humanitarian aid, human rights, environmental politics and the international political economy will enable you to work on projects with an international focus.
You could look for opportunities in government (e.g. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or Immigration), diplomatic embassies, international humanitarian agencies, multilateral organisations, defence and intelligence, private consulting, research institutes and universities, or media organisations.
You could combine your knowledge of international relations with studies in politics and policy or undertake a research degree to broaden your employability skills.
Skills and attributes
Graduates of international relations need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:
- Sophisticated knowledge of global issues, politics and cultures
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Critical thinking skills through analytical and conceptual thought
- Research skills
- Policy development skills
Related roles include:
- Diplomat/foreign affairs officer/trade officer
- Policy analyst or information officer
- International project officer/consultant
- Intelligence officer
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about salaries and job outcomes for international relations graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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