How does a college graduate with a bachelors start a career in public service and professional politics?

By admin ~ August 30th, 2010 @ 10:48 pm
I’ve been out of college for two years and have a Bachelors Degree in English.
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5 Responses to How does a college graduate with a bachelors start a career in public service and professional politics?

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    You probably should go to law school.

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    Start locally, that is, in your local community. Take a look at what jobs they have and what are the requirements. You did not say what your degree is in and that may be significant. Certainly additional degrees will help. I have a friend who has a Masters and is just short of a Phd. and he works for the city. Other people I know hold various city and county positions and all have one degree or more. Their degrees and jobs cover a wide range of functions, law school is not necessarily a requirement.

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    go to law school, like me.

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    OK, law degrees and grad school are ok, but they’re not going to get you on track necessarily. The best way is to take a small job with someone in the field. Think about moving to DC, which is where the largest amount of open jobs in that field exist. A friend of mine took a two day trip up there once, and just handed out resumes to EVERY Congressman or Senator applying for the lowest congressional staffer positions. There are also a lot of non-profit and lobbying organizations in DC which will help you out.

    The easier way to get IN is to volunteer for a congressional campaign. If you can afford to volunteer yourself full-time (for no pay), you’ll get lots of great political experience without having to interview for the position. But there are no guarantees. From my experience, volunteering for a big presidential campaign is almost worthless, because you’d be just one of hundreds. Instead, try to connect with a House of Representatives race (preferably a very competitive race), or perhaps someone running for State office. Be sure it’s someone who you like, and can tolerate working with. It’s a very stressful time, so if you’re working with jerks, it just gets worse toward the end.

    If you can find a way to use what you know, that will even give you a head start. For example, if you can figure out how to use your English degree or some of your recent work experience, so much the better. For example, if your English skills extend to writing or editing, perhaps that can be an in to a political publishing area.

    In the end, though, it’s all a matter of perseverence.

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