For many of us, College is the first time in life in which we are faced with tough decisions. The toughest decision of them all is perhaps what are we going to study. This is a choice which will influence the outcome of the rest of our lives, and really determines the person who we will be 20 years from now. For those who are still undecided, going for a degree in Political Science can be a very wise decision.
A degree in Political Science is a great degree to have for a few reasons. Firstly, Politics are notoriously difficult to understand, everything is so murky, and things aren’t always what they first seem to be. With that being said, a degree in Political Science will not teach you to see through the murkiness, nothing but hard experience can teach you this. What Political Science will teach you is how the political system is structured. It will teach you the rules of the system, and it will teach you how to analyze the raw data compiled from records. This will help you immensely if you want to work in government or in politics, or even in Corporate America.
In government, there always is a great need for people who understand how the system works, and people who know the rules, and what they really mean, and what you can really do. The bureaucracy in most government agencies means that sometimes it can be really maddening to get things done. If you have a better understanding of the government system, it will, almost miraculously, much easier to do your job as a civil servant. You will be able to quickly figure out which buttons to push, and which things to avoid, and you will likely have less mistakes than someone who doesn’t know how to analyze the rules as quickly as you. As politics are notoriously cloudy a degree in political science is really helpful in the corporate world as well.
Like regular people and businesses, corporations are obligated to follow the rules and necessary procedures in order to get stuff accomplished. As a political scientist, there are several ways in which you can help.
Firstly, you can work as a consultant to companies to help them develop their own manuals, and procedures on how to handle difficult situations. Graduates with Political Scientists, are well suited to this line of work as they have a lot of experience working with, and around the rules and regulations. Another way that a political scientist can help a corporation is as a lobbyist, sometimes there are no ways around certain regulations, or laws. The only way to deal with a problem such as this is to change the law. This involves dealing extensively with politicians, and their staffs. People with degrees in Political Science are well suited to this as they are likely to have friends, and professional contacts who work for politicians as well.
For those who love to travel, and work overseas, getting a degree in political science is a great way to join the diplomatic service, or become a foreign aid worker. If you specialize in international politics, you will learn the theories that you will need in order to analyize a political or economic situation. If you are working overseas, every new day will be really interesting, and you will know that you are helping make the world a better place to live in.
To conclude, one of the best ways to start your career, would be to get a degree in Political Science, with this degree, you will be able to help make changes in your community or even the world as a whole.