How hard/easy is it to get a job with an international relations degree?

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can someone explain to me if it is easy or hard / and what do you have to do to be successful on the course?
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I’d say that if you’re really interested in the course, and work hard, read widely, get a 2:1, then you have a high chance of getting into an interesting job.

But that above advice applies to ‘any degree’ so for IR I’d further suggest having weird hobbies - travel to challenging places for tourism, North Korea(*), type places. Or Bolivia. Go in a travel group also to St. Petersburg, stay on a boat. Visit civil war places, Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Rwanda, Sarajevo, talk to people. Visit Den Haag, ICC, OPCW etc etc once we’re allowed to travel.

(*) mate of mine spent 3 months installing mobile phone masts for KJU and survived, he quite enjoyed it. Other friends just got as far as the DMZ, still enjoyed that.
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(Original post by LuigiMario)
I’d say that if you’re really interested in the course, and work hard, read widely, get a 2:1, then you have a high chance of getting into an interesting job.

But that above advice applies to ‘any degree’ so for IR I’d further suggest having weird hobbies - travel to challenging places for tourism, North Korea(*), type places. Or Bolivia. Go in a travel group also to St. Petersburg, stay on a boat. Visit civil war places, Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Rwanda, Sarajevo, talk to people. Visit Den Haag, ICC, OPCW etc etc once we’re allowed to travel.

(*) mate of mine spent 3 months installing mobile phone masts for KJU and survived, he quite enjoyed it. Other friends just got as far as the DMZ, still enjoyed that.
Great feedback. Have you completed the degree of international relations? if so, do you just read as much as you can and that's how you are able to get a top grade?
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I'm in an international job, have been for years, but through engineering studies not IR; sometimes the job of an engineer is given diplomatic immunity and effectively consular official status - I do mix with international & NGO people and IR is often a reasonable way in, but sometimes they are looking for a specific STEM degree or languages degree.
There are always jobs in internal politics, as the knowledge of international situation, to whatever level of awareness, can be useful for work in Parliament/parties etc
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