5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Career in Public Services

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Career in Public Services

21 October 2022

The Public Services sector offers a range of rewarding and fulfilling career pathways. The industry is made up of important roles that help to aid and protect the general public, allowing you to make a real difference in your chosen career.

Studying a Public Services course can lead to exciting careers in the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, Armed Forces such as Army and Navy, as well as Probation and Prison Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service, local authorities and many more.

As you can see from the list above, there is something for everyone.

Here are 5 reasons why a career in Public Services could be perfect for you.

Career Stability

If there’s one thing that the Public Services industry is known for its career stability. For example, statistics show that between 2003-2021 there has been steady growth within the sector during this period.

The same trends can be seen across the Armed Forces industry, again seeing small increases in the last few years.

Serving the community

Working in the Public Services sector can be very rewarding, whether you decide to work in the emergency services or armed forces.

Becoming a police officer gives you the power to make a difference in the community. You’ll help reduce crime and provide a reassuring presence, making life safer and happier for the people you serve.

A generous pension, including in some cases, early retirement

A public sector pension is often much higher when compared to other sectors. Also, some careers in the public services sector offer early retirement due to the nature of the work. For example, some careers in the emergency services have a retirement age below 65.

Opportunities to gain additional qualifications alongside your job

Another great benefit of working in the public services industry is all the opportunities to study further qualifications alongside your job. For example, the Armed Forces give people the chance to study a wide range of different qualifications such as NVQ, BTEC’s and even University degrees.

Other qualifications and training you can study in the Armed Forces include – driving licenses for all manner of vehicles, such as motorbikes or HGV’s, St John’s Ambulance First Aid Certificate as well as Mechanical, Engineering and Business qualifications to name a few.

Gain transferable skills for life

As well as being extremely rewarding, a career in Public Services can provide you with a range of transferable skills that may be useful in your later career. For example, working in the emergency services can give you transferable skills in organisation, time management, prioritisation of work and many other valuable skills.

Active and varied work – no day is the same

Public Services careers are very different to your typical 9 to 5 office job, that’s not to say that office jobs don’t exist within the sector, of course, they do. But most people who are seeking a career in Public Services are typically interested in more “hands-on” physical work.

Public Services careers are also extremely varied, depending on the path you choose, the variety of work you could find yourself doing is endless! For example, if you work in the Police, one day you could be attending a community event. The next day, you could be working in the Traffic Police!


When you study Public Services at Dearne Valley College you will have the opportunity to learn and develop sought-after industry skills including teamwork, initiative, leadership and communication so that you can achieve your dream career in the Public Services industry. As well as take part in action-packed activities and pursuits using the fantastic facilities available both on campus and in the local community such as Manvers boathouse and lake, allowing you to experience a range of land and water sports.

All our courses offer the opportunity to attend relevant and enjoyable residentials allowing you to take part in a range of outdoor activities.

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