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Reaching out to students

Arms companies need graduates in order to survive. If there were no students willing to work for companies like BAE Systems, then these companies could not function.

In recent years there have been various reports about arms companies struggling to recruit enough quality graduates. (Read this story in the Guardian which reports that BAE is worried that not enough students want to work for them.)

By refusing to work for arms companies, and by chatting with your friends about career options and choices, we can really make an impact on the ability of these companies to continue their devastating work.

What’s wrong with working for an arms company?

Student holding banner reading "BAE: Careers in corruption and destruction"

The arms trade is a deadly business. It has a devastating impact on human rights and security, and damages economic development.

Arms companies sell weapons to conflict zones and repressive regimes, and are helped to do so by the UK government’s promotion of arms sales.

There’s lots of information about the arms trade on the main Campaign Against Arms Trade website. A good place to start is the really useful ‘Introduction to the Arms Trade’ (in pdf format here).

Ethical careers

Don’t worry – you don’t have to work for an arms company!

Engineering skills are in demand.

In July 2011, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills wrote, “At present the demand for skilled engineers far exceeds supply.”

The renewables market is already large and, unlike the stagnant arms market, is growing swiftly and has massive potential.

Case studies

Scientists for Global Responsibility have put together twelve case studies of people choosing ethical careers in science and technology.

Spread the word

Spread the word about ethical careers to other students by holding an ethical careers event. Here’s our guide to how.

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