Where can a Politics Degree Take You?
Unlike subjects like Law and Engineering where many students have the famous and admired options of pursuing a career as a lawyer and engineer – the path students engage in after a politics degree may vary to a much greater degree; from partaking in work for newspapers to the civil service to the commitment of a political degree, there is no distinct route that most politics students desire. Thus, in light of this, I have decided to write this blog to explore the many career choices that politics students have – I will be drawing upon my experience of attending the many career workshops and fairs at the university as the basis of constructing this blog. While this may be specific to students undergoing a politics degree, it may also be applicable and relevant to other students within the social sciences umbrella or students experiencing a minor degree in politics. As always if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Writing: The option of engaging in a career choice that requires excessive writing such as that of a journalist or newspaper columnist directly links to the nature of a degree in politics and you will find that the numerous essays and dissertations you have written will greatly aid your ability to effectively work here. If you would like to engage in a career that involves writing, you must have both the passion and efficiency to write pieces that both echo high quality and quantity. Internship and work experiences with such firms may also help you gain an understanding of what your type of work will require and will allow you to develop and visualize the type of workday you may have.
Research: From working as a social researcher to a government research officer, there are many careers that politics students can select involving research. These will require great research skills and so it is recommended that students who are looking for a job in research consider the many choices favoring optional modules in research; many of these are present throughout your three years in politics and I have recently completed a research-based module called Social Analytics in the sociology department. These optional modules are a great way for you to gain specific skills demanded by employees for a research degree. I have also written a previous blog that reviews Social Analytics as a module so if you’re a prospective student reading this, I also highly recommend you give that a go.
Consulting: The option to engage in jobs like that of a public affairs consultant is also a popular option for politics students – consultants give professional advice and expertise to organizations to help them improve their performance so a specific understanding of a political or research field may greatly aid your ability to secure a job as such. I would recommend that if you are aware of what specific political aspect you would like to specialize in, that you adapt your chosen modules to mirror that interest so that you have an in-depth understanding to provide advice for such a field.
So, while it is very common to assume that politics student are destined to take on a career as a politician or civil servant, in reality, the choices that are available to us are endless – thus, when deciding what career choice you would like to have as a politics student, I highly recommend that you first make yourself aware of all the choices you have available!