Training in Political Studies is valuable no matter what career you eventually pursue, since politics is as pervasive as the air we breathe. Political Studies 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 knowledge, your research and analytical skills, and your ability to express your ideas orally and in writing. These are valuable assets for many jobs. For more than 70 per cent of university-graduate job vacancies, employers are more interested in your intellectual calibre and transferable skills than in the subject of your degree, and these skills are among the qualities for which Political Studies is highly valued in the careers market.
Knowledge of Canadian government and politics would be a 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 would be valuable; and journalism.
Careers in the private sector (such as business administration) as well as the public sector (such as working with non-profit corporations or non-governmental organizations) benefit greatly from courses in Political Studies. It is no longer enough to learn how to manage a budget or plan a media strategy. Professionals in these fields need to know about the opportunities and constraints presented by politics and policy, if they are to succeed.
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