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So you want to work in Politics?

Politics is an exciting public sector profession where you can make a genuine difference to people. From local councillors to Prime Minister, politicians shape the wellbeing of our society through the important decisions they make. If you have burning desire to implement change, unwavering conviction in your beliefs and a strong interest in politics, this could be the ideal career for you.

Your daily duties and workload will depend on which area of politics you are interested in and how high up you intend to go. In general, you can expect to have a lot of contact with the public, travel a lot and work hard campaigning for the changes you believe in.

Winston Churchill once said “In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.” This job is definitely not for the faint-hearted as it is an all-consuming career with no real clocking off time.

As a politician, you can expect to meet with the public, deliberate with advisors, analyse issues and be involved with the development of policy and law. As most politicians are popularly elected, campaigning is also a big part of the role.

Types of jobs in Politics include:

  • Local government administrator
  • Local government councillor
  • Political researcher
  • Public and media relations
  • Mayor
  • Premier
  • Prime Minister
  • Cabinet member

Personal Skills

Five key skills that will help you score a job in Politics:

  • Extremely high levels of determination
  • Confidence and self-belief
  • A passion for current affairs
  • The ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills

Interview and Job Hunting tips

  • Try and get some formal campaign training. This will give you an edge over your competitors. It will also expand your network and could even lead to a job.
  • Spend some time crafting and tailoring your personal brand and make sure it matches the values of your political committee or your campaigns.
  • You will need to demonstrate a very strong work ethic and a willingness to sacrifice certain things for yourself to get things done, as campaigns can be grueling.
  • Offer to work as an intern or a volunteer for your preferred party. If you can prove your worth here you are likely to be among the first to be considered for paid openings.