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If you’ve got an interest in how the country is run and want to learn how you could influence it, then a career in the public sector may be a great career fit for you. The industry employs around 5.5million people in the United Kingdom and offers a wide variety of roles within it. Jobs can be found in the police force, local government, hospitals, museums as well as the BBC.
The common trait for jobs in this sector is that they provide the public with services that keep the country running and benefit our society. There is a wide range of skills required for the sector and the career opportunities within it are hugely varied.
Benefits of working in the sector include a generous pension to look forward to once you retire, excellent training opportunities and quick progression routes. For some areas of the industry, there is also the opportunity to work flexibly, meaning hours can be tailored to help you have a better work and life balance.
As a general rule, the public sector is a secure industry to work in (despite often being affected by changing government policies!) which can make it an appealing career option for school leavers.
Jobs within the public sector generally to fit within: