Could you pursue a career in politics?
Today is the General Election, when voters elect their new Members of Parliament (MPs) and possibly a new government. It’s the most exciting event in the political calendar (yes, we used the words “exciting” and “politics” in the same sentence!) People often feel fed up with politicians, but most are just trying to make the world a better place. In fact, the majority of people who work in politics or government aren’t politicians at all.
Read on to find out how you could pursue a career in politics.
Why pursue a career in politics?
Politics shapes what our country and our world is like – from whether the buses run on time to how equal our society is and even how we save the world from climate change. Political decisions shape all of this and more. If you want to change things for the better, a career in politics could be for you.
What kinds of jobs can I do?
You might be surprised to learn that most people in politics aren’t politicians. Here’s a snapshots of the roles in the political world, national government and local government (aka your local council):
Civil Servants work in government departments (like the Department for Education) and decide how to carry out of the policies of the government of the day. From research to communications, there are lots of jobs you can do in the Civil Service.
Think tanks and policy institutes
These organisations come up with policies to tackle social or economic problems such as poverty or homelessness. They usually have a political leaning. You can work here as a researcher or in a public relations role.
Members of Parliament (MPs) and local councillors are elected based on the promises they make during election campaigns. They often stand for a political party. Politicians usually have a background in campaigning and activism.
How do I get there?
Because of the range of jobs in politics and government, that depends what you want to do. If you want to research policy or become a politician, you might want to consider studying A-levels in subjects such as history, sociology, politics and philosophy which will give you a strong background in theory and research methods.
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