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International studies

Career information for your major

Discipline Overview

A major in Global Sustainable Development explores ethical issues surrounding global challenges and the interaction between human and environmental security. With 2.4 billion people on the planet living on less than US$2 a day, poverty and inequality remain two of the biggest challenges of our time. Equally, environmental change is a major concern that will affect human activity for the foreseeable future. 

The Bachelor of International Studies examines the relationships of politics, society, culture, language, and history in a range of countries. You will analyse national and global issues, focusing on the way global forces and interactions increasingly influence domestic politics. You will also be encouraged to study abroad or undertake a study tour. Potential career paths are in advocacy, equity, community development, energy, environmental public relations and education, fund-raising, volunteer coordination, social enterprise, aid and development.

Key employability skills

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Initiative and creativity/innovation
  • Research skills
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Global and cultural awareness


Related occupations

Find out what kinds of positions you could apply for with your major by researching some of the jobs in your field.

  • Community Development Worker
  • Project Officer
  • Fundraising Campaigns Manager
  • Content Specialist
  • Global Communications and Support Coordinator
  • Advocacy Manager
  • Governance and Risk Coordinator
  • Head of Environmental Action and Global Awareness
  • Research and Evaluation Officer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Consultant
  • Climate change officer
  • Life Coach
  • Program Manager
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Advisor
  • Safety Managerr


Explore what types of organisations you would like to work for through looking at some of the employers in your field.

  • Department of the Environment and Energy
  • International Women's Development Agency
  • Evergreening Global Alliance
  • Baptist World Aid Australia
  • CERES Community Environment Park
  • OSMI Australia
  • St Leonard's College
  • Climate Council
  • United Nations
  • KPMG
  • Senversa
  • World Bank
  • FAO

Key industry job websites

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies.

Many graduate employers take International Studies graduates as part of their Generalist streams.

Professional bodies and associations

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study options

UOW offers postgraduate study options if you want to pursue further research or specialise through academic coursework.

Course information



Discipline overview

International Relations is a vibrant, growing and constantly evolving discipline designed for students interested in careers in international organisations, foreign affairs or any organisation that has a focus beyond Australia’s borders.

Whether it is the latest peace deal in a conflict zone, aid package, humanitarian relief operation, trade deal or climate negotiation, studying International Relations at UOW helps you understand the motives behind the actions taken by states, international organisations and the many other actors in global politics. Potential careers can include diplomacy, intelligence, politics, immigration, lobbying and research analysis.

Key employability skills

Graduates can use their skills across a range of careers. It is vital for you to not only become more aware of the skills you will gain through your course and other experiences, but also to learn to effectively articulate these skills to prospective employers.

The following is a sample list of key skills adapted from the QAA UK subject benchmark statement for this discipline. The full skills list can be found at QAA UK.

  • describe, evaluate and apply different approaches involved in collecting, analysing and presenting (political) information
  • identify issues for (political) enquiry; assess their ethical implications; and gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources
  • identify, investigate, analyse and advocate solutions to problems
  • develop a reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
  • communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing
  • use communication and information technologies for the retrieval, analysis and presentation of information
  • work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management
  • collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals

Related occupations

Whether you are considering a number of career possibilities, are starting to think deeply about your career future or have a clear career idea in mind, it’s useful to explore the range of career possibilities available.

Below is a list of jobs held by UOW graduates up to four months out from graduation, sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey.

  • Ministerial and Parliamentary Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Project Support Officer
  • Public Servant

The following list of jobs were held by UOW Alumni up to four years out from graduation, sourced through the UOW Alumni Team or the LinkedIn Alumni Tool.  Note that some of these graduates have undertaken further study:

  • Client Service Officer
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Partnership Coordinator
  • Governance Officer
  • Graduate Officer
  • Policy and Project Officer
  • Senior Policy Officer
  • Youth Engagement Officer


Explore the type of organisations you would like to work for by looking at some of the employers in your field.

Below is a list of UOW graduate employers up to four months out from graduation, sourced from the 2018 and 2019 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey.

  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Department of Communities and Justice
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • NSW Electoral Commission
  • NSW Government

The following list is UOW graduate employers up to four years out from graduation, as advised by the UOW Alumni Team.

  • Apis Group
  • The Australian Government
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
  • Redkite
  • United Nations Information Centre

Key industry job websites

Many industries have job websites dedicated to careers within their industry. These also often have links to other career resources. Be aware that LinkedIn Jobs is increasingly used by employers to target graduates.

Formal graduate programs

Make sure you consider the fast tracked career pathway programs which are offered by some large corporate organisations and government agencies. Here are some of the organisations that take graduates of this discipline.

  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Immigration & Citizenship
  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Department of Home Affairs

Details of relevant graduate recruitment programs can be found on websites such as GradConnection.

Career research and networks

When researching possible careers, obtaining relevant information from a range of sources helps inform your career decisions.

Build your career network and stay up to date with the latest developments in your industry by joining a professional association.

Postgraduate study and research

Some career paths require postgraduate study. The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Report identified that 18.9% of undergraduates Australia wide were engaged in postgraduate study four months after graduation.

You can specialise through academic coursework or pursue further research studies. Explore UOW's postgraduate coursework degrees and Higher Degrees by Research or postgraduate courses from other institutions for specific careers of interest

Developing industry experience

Graduate employers increasingly value industry experience as an addition to formal qualifications to demonstrate your employability skills. This work related experience can be obtained through university internship subjects, co-curricular activities, student exchange or volunteering.

Course information

It is worth exploring the range of undergraduate degree options available below to see which degree best suits your career goals. You may also wish to explore available courses more broadly to see if you might be interested in pursuing a double major or a double degree.

What can I do to be proactive right now?

  • CRL100 and CRLP200 are elective subjects that help you clarify career direction & obtain work experience.
  • Further information on future prospects, salaries and future trends for particular roles of interest can be found in Job Outlook.
  • You can also explore the careers of other UOW graduates on the LinkedIn Alumni tool
  • Access the Hidden Job Market to find employment with small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).
  • Find out about Graduate Recruitment Programs, fast tracked career pathway programs for graduates.
  • Career Action Plan gives you concrete actions throughout your degree to pursue your career goals
  • Career Central Resources are easy to access and can provide you with knowledge about employment
  • CareerHub Plus is an online library to improve student, graduate and alumni employability
  • CareerSmart/CareerSmart Discovery Tool are comprehensive & interactive career development tools