If you have decided that politics is the career for you, you will be looking for a way to get your foot in the door. This is a unique career choice in this sense, as there is no traditional route in. However, we have some steps and tips that will help you get to where you want to be. So, let’s take a look at some of the different ways to get into politics…
Channel the journey others have been on – To get some inspiration; it is a good idea to take a look at some of the politicians that have made it and how they have got there. From the president to the AZ sec of state, there are many different politicians that you can use for inspiration. You can discover about the education they received and how they got their break into politics. This should give you some ideas and motivation.
Do not apply to everything – It can be tempting to apply for every political job that comes available because you are desperate to get your foot in the door. However, you should not do this. You need to ensure that you apply for jobs whereby you can bring true value and jobs that will take you to where you want to be.
Perseverance is key – If there is one thing you need to have in politics, it is perseverance. Unless you are incredibly lucky, you are not going to get your big break straight away. Most people find that they have to apply for a bucket load of internships and jobs before they truly get their foot on the ladder. It is an extremely competitive field; so don’t give up easily.
Remember, you may have different political views to the person that is interviewing you – Unless you are interviewing for a role with a specific party, it is probable that you are going to have differing views to the person that is interviewing. You can immediately rule yourself out of the job if you start talking about how evil a specific political party is. After all, the interviewer may support that party. It is important to be as diplomatic as possible, offering fair assessments to the questions that are posed to you.
Get involved in community events – Last but not least, if you are looking for a job in local politics, it is vital to get involved in the community as much as possible. Speak to local political groups and councillors to see if they need assistance or support with any particular local issue. This is an excellent way to build a network for local politics, and you never know where this could lead you.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared to get your dream career in politics. If you follow the advice that has been provided above, you should be able to get your foot in the door. Nevertheless, remember that you will need to have perseverance.
Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.