Training in political studies is valuable no matter what career you eventually pursue since politics is as pervasive within society as the air we breathe. A political studies background will also enhance your competence and skill for political participation. Greater awareness of the political process will mean a greater sense of personal involvement and more willingness to accept the responsibilities of democratic citizenship.
Political studies will improve your research and analytical skills and your ability to express your ideas orally and in writing. These are valuable assets for many jobs. Many worthwhile careers are open to a political studies graduate, though it should be stated that further training is often required.
Specialization in Canadian government and politics is good preparation for a career in the public service at the federal, provincial or municipal level. Students who wish to prepare for a career within the Department of External Affairs or the United Nations and its agencies would specialize in international relations.
An academic or teaching career is another option. High schools are beginning to offer politics courses and community college training in political studies has grown in recent years. In order to teach at the university level you would need a graduate degree.
Other career possibilities include law, where familiarity with the legislative process and government structures is valuable; journalism; certain posts in private industries and executive assistant posts to practicing politicians.
Use this guide to map out your career pathway from the start of your academic journey. Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.
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