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What are the career options available for a Political Science degree holder?


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RE: What are the career options available for a Political Science degree holder?

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Political Science

As many of us don't really know what political science HON is about, some ask is it about Political parties? Or do you want to be a politician?  As I have to tell you it's a lot more than political parties or winning the election.
It encompasses many broad areas of daily life. For example - government and people, public administration and their importance, International relations Etc

Public Administration

So the main job of a public official is to implement the government policies and it's their responsibility to see that execution of any policy is done precisely and without any flaws. One needs to know about the Constitution and how the government works and deals with people in order to be a public officer. Surely it's not easy to secure a government job with stiff competition but a good foundation in knowledge of public policy which is a part of political science is very important.

 

Media / News Reporting

There are plenty of examples of famous news reporters who have a background in political science. An individual with knowledge of government and their policies would be preferred over other candidates who don't possess that knowledge if one wants to become a news reporter then a degree in political science (HON) will be the first step in right direction. International news channels like CNN, Al-Jazeera hire regional news reporters who have a good knowledge of the political system of a country and about their national and local political parties.

 

International Relations

If you want to travel to different countries or work in a foreign land then you could do that by pursuing your career in international relations. Many Indian diplomats who deal with other countries have a huge responsibility to represent India at the global level. (UN) United Nations or World Bank, (IMF) International Monetary Fund all these International organizations are of great value and anyone to be part of it must have knowledge of international relations which is very necessary.

Career in government sector

If you are planning to work as a government employee then a degree in political science is just wonderful. Who will not like a job in which one gets health benefits, job security, and pension after retirement? So there are various government jobs and other job opportunities in public sector as well will discuss some of them in the following section.

Political science students can give UPSC Exam in order to acquire most precious civil service jobs which also are one of the toughest competitive exams in India.
Every year more than 11 lakh candidates appear for the exam and only a small percentage gets to the interview process.
But hard work is key to success and many people take political science in college so to have better knowledge of civil services and of government.

 

Some benefits of government jobs:-

  • housing facility
  • pension and a good amount of the time of retirement
  • low skill and job security
  • no pressure from  private  personnel

 

Career in Private Sector

There is a wide range of jobs available in private sector for political science students, Companies, in order to function, need political advisors who look in the matters of Legal problems that ever company or firm deal with on daily basis.There are a lot of teaching jobs available both in private and government school and colleges. The salary is pretty good with decent working hours also one can work as an assistant teacher to gain experience which is required by some universities.

 

Conclusion

One thing everyone needs to understand is that simply by having a degree in any field will not secure a job for you the personal qualities such as hard work and determination gives you that extra edge over others.
Best of luck to all those who are planning about their future because you have already taken the first necessary step.

A career as a political scientist can very be exciting and there are endless opportunities the only thing to find out is your area of expertise and then concentrating on what you like to become.

For further queries and related information, you can approach the Professional Experts at CareerGuide. Hope this will help you!

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