How did being a political science major prepare you for your career?
Knocking on doors in New Hampshire, choosing delegates for the Democratic National Convention and coordinating entertainment for an Inaugural ball are highlights of my career made possible because I studied Political Science.
However, my career in politics is less about where I have been or who I have met and more about taking what I learned while studying political science and applying it. Through my coursework, I learned the connections of philosophy and history how it pertains to government, current events and social movements.
My chosen career path has led me to working in political consulting. Our work includes conducting research, analyzing data and creating campaign strategy rooted in understanding how people view issues and government and what motivates them to vote. We work to identify messages that persuade voters to support our candidate or cause, communicate with them through direct mail and ask for their vote on Election Day.
With each campaign, lessons are learned, new skills are gained and most importantly, incredible impacts are made with wins and opportunities are missed with losses. Studying political science provided me with a strong foundation to build upon as I continue to progress in my career in politics.
What would you tell those considering a degree in political science?
I developed a passion for politics shaped by volunteering on campaigns and watching hours of The West Wing. I also knew I wanted to make an impact on society and work on issues and for causes that were bigger than myself. Studying political science was a great fit for me.
I encourage students considering political science to consider the potential of where this degree can take you. From city hall to the White House, state capitals to embassies, you’ll find dedicated individuals with backgrounds in political science working every day to make the world a better place.
The opportunities after graduation to apply what you have learned are available as there is always an election somewhere, governments and advocacy organizations in every city, county and state throughout the country and the world. With the knowledge and skills gained from studying political science, you’ll have the potential to follow your passion and make your mark on history.