Published: 14 June 2015

Institute of Irish Studies students visit Home Office

Irish Studies visit to Home Office

Students on the MA Understanding Conflict programme in the Institute of Irish Studies took part in a field trip to London to attend a policy making session at Home Office Headquarters.

The students were presented with a public crisis and had to design and present a suitable policy option on how to respond to the crisis at a governmental level.

The task gave the students an idea of the challenges faced by policy-makers when crafting new policies and the necessary skills needed to overcome these issues.

After the session, the students were given a tour of the Home Office and learnt about the history of the Civil Service.

Students welcomed the career guidance offered by the Civil Servants facilitating the session, and had the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about employability after university, especially regarding graduate options within the Service.

The session not only pushed students to apply their skills and abilities in a high pressure setting, but also awarded them with the opportunity to establish networks at the Home Office and receive reassurance that the skills they have honed at university are valued by employers and will serve them well in their future career endeavours.

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