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What can you do with a Poly-Sci degree?

Started 1299755363.033 in Among Friends | Last reply 1299901497.24 by Miss Lorraine

My son has a Political Science Degree. So far the only jobs he can find are in sales. Unfortunately, he doesn't like sales! I also have a friend who's son is in the same situation. He's worried because his son can't seem to find anything and is very depressed. Does anyone here have any experience with having and getting a job with this degree? What skills could they hone in on to help further a career? Any suggestions would be appreciated. (please negatives don't respond- need advice not criticisms) ThanksSmile

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Topaz131299759597.41722 PostsRegistered 12/20/2010

When I was in college my friends who graduated with political science degrees all went on to law school or some other advanced degree such as a MBA. Now, this was approx. 20 years ago. I would say for today if your son has a political science degree and has any interest in computers or just computer savvy as most folks his age are, he may consider trying to work with any of your states politicians in social media. With Facebook, Twitter, and all the social websites politicians seem to looking for younger people who can manage and maintain the social media for them. He might have to intern for free or accept less money to get his foot in the door. But it might be worth it. Just one thought. Best of luck to your son. It took me a few years to actually find a job in my major when I graduated too, so it can be depressing. I worked retail, banking, anything... tell him to hang in there!

Zoologist1299759983.216013 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

Never knew anyone with a PS degree who did NOT go on to law school and obtain a JD.

Can he get a teaching job with a bit more training??

sunshine451299761993.76742521 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

Careers In Political Science

A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; precollegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.

Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.

Examples of Careers for Political Scientists

Career booklets - click hereThe following are small sample of careers for political scientists. For more on the career potential for those with degrees in political science, check out the career booklets and pamphlets available from APSA.

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
Archivist, Online Political Data
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Attorney
Banking Analyst or Executive
Campaign Operative
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Economist
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt'l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Customs Officer
Editor, Online Political Journal
Entrepreneur
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer
Foundation President
Free-lance writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Manager
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
Journalist
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
Lobbyist
Management Analyst
Mediator
Plans and Review Officer, USIA
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Pollster
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Public Opinion Analyst
Publisher
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Survey Analyst
Systems Analyst
Teacher
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Zoologist1299763308.9536013 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

Hey, OP - have you posted this thread multiple times?????

sunshine451299763493.55742521 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast
On 3/10/2011 Zoologist said:

Hey, OP - have you posted this thread multiple times?????

yes, she did.....

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Zoologist1299764530.9776013 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

Whew! Thought I was losing my marbles there for a moment.

parrothead­looksatfifty1299771040.92484 PostsRegistered 11/2/2008St. Somewhere

These days a political science major will probably need to go for an MA/MS/MBA or law degree. However, if one's written communication skills are very good and they have a portfolio of writing samples, they may be able to work in advertising or public relations. They'll start low and won't make a ton of money at first, but they can do very well -- this is definitely a field where experience trumps degrees at the higher levels, so getting in at the bottom and working one's way up is a strong possibility.

There's also teaching, but that would require a Masters in eduction.

If we weren't all crazy, we'd just go insane...

molisa1299771232.1231213 PostsRegistered 8/25/2010Missouri

Have a friend with a Poli Sci degree. He works for the Pentagon. Another friend of a friend who went on to law school.

VCamp27481299771437.4877333 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

One of my sisters got a Poli Sci degree & has worked in the entertainment business for years (major event planning).

I work in HR in academia & I can tell you that having a BA or BS in any field is a foot in the door. Unfortunately, the job market is still unhealthy & it's hard for even experienced degree-holders to find decent-paying jobs.

I know it's very frustrating for him, but just keep encouraging him to apply for anything that seems even remotely interesting to him. Take care!

parrothead­looksatfifty1299771528.957484 PostsRegistered 11/2/2008St. Somewhere

Many Fed jobs, however, require a candidate to already have at least a year's worth of work experience in the private sector, so sequeing from college to a Fed level job isn't that easy.

My son has a degree in economics but went on to get advanced degrees in accounting and works for the SEC, but he did work while getting his advanced degrees.

If we weren't all crazy, we'd just go insane...

DrKelli1299772620.997345 PostsRegistered 3/13/2008

My undergrad is in political science. My intent was to teach and then go to law school. Neither of which happened. I'm going to tell you my own personal experience about this degree, so take it with a grain of salt, but know that I eventually ended up in a career I loved.

First, most companies didn't care what my undergrad was in--they just wanted to know that I had a degree, so your son can put BA from such and such University. The second thing they wanted was experience--which I'm sure is even more prevalent now. I actually went to paralegal school after I graduated, so I was trying to get into a law firm, but all they were looking for was for me to have experience. I ended up at an insurance company in the mail room, but at least it was a job at that point. I eventually transferred into another dept, doing rating and coding. After a couple of years, I ended up at a mortgage company in their REO (foreclosure dept). I had a couple of years in the workforce under my belt, so that helped. Your son may have to 'reinvent' himself for a couple of years until he gets some work experience. If he is good with computers or web site building, he may be able to do that on the side.

I ended up working at a nuclear weapons facility in their R&D department and by the grace of God, they had a great tuition reimbursement program, so I was able to get my master's degree in environmental science. While I was there, I was introduced to what eventually became my passion--Health and Safety.

This is probably no help, but I will tell you what my most favorite boss in the world said to me "You will eventually find your niche. You'll get a lot of skid marks on your back first, but you will find where you belong" Your son is young and has a lot of experience to gain in the near future. I don't even mention what my degree is in any more because it doesn't make a difference. For some specific suggestions, working for the county, city or state government may be a place to look, but unless you are a teacher, lawyer, politician, statistician or lobbyist, political science is the means to an end (meaning he at least has a college degree!)

game-on1299772820.0533706 PostsRegistered 6/9/2007

star....what did your son have in mind when he went to college? when he took this degree?

it seems to me that when people go to college they need to check out what taking classes in certain areas can lead to... i know there are guidance counselors in colleges... in the first couple of years a college student explores options but when they declare majors and minors they are going towards goals...

i will have to say that when i took my college classes and got my degree that i started out in one direction and changed in a few years... but the economy was different back then and employment statistics were better...

i did learn a lot from reading this thread... i did not realize where polysci degrees would take a graduate... very interesting!

star... i know these are tough times... best wishes to your son.

starpolish­er1299793705.1960 PostsRegistered 11/14/2005

Thanks for your many suggestions. He'll hang in there as he has no choice! Sorry I spelled Poly wrong. Someone corrected me that it's Poli. Thanks again!

""A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked." ~ Bernard Meltzer

sparkygirl1299884317.8334626 PostsRegistered 10/2/2006
On 3/10/2011 Topaz13 said:

When I was in college my friends who graduated with political science degrees all went on to law school or some other advanced degree such as a MBA. Now, this was approx. 20 years ago. I would say for today if your son has a political science degree and has any interest in computers or just computer savvy as most folks his age are, he may consider trying to work with any of your states politicians in social media. With Facebook, Twitter, and all the social websites politicians seem to looking for younger people who can manage and maintain the social media for them. He might have to intern for free or accept less money to get his foot in the door. But it might be worth it. Just one thought. Best of luck to your son. It took me a few years to actually find a job in my major when I graduated too, so it can be depressing. I worked retail, banking, anything... tell him to hang in there!

I agree 100%.

What were his career goals? Was there a particular reason he chose political science? Did he want to be a lawyer? Go into politics himself?

My son is in college and he has two majors, one being political science and the other business. When he chose it, he was planning on going to law school afterward. The political science courses were GRUELING...so many papers with knowledge of history and fact required, plus having to back up EVERY opinion you have. Lots of analysis!! Very different from his business major.

Does your son like the media? If he's great at communicating and truly loves politics, maybe some day he can be one of those "talking heads" on tv. ;-)

ROMARY1299891108.417458 PostsRegistered 4/28/2010

Everybody I know who majored in PS are now attorneys.

Yellow Rose

zephyr321299900449.927232 PostsRegistered 3/2/2011

my best friend since childhood got his poli-sci degree...then ended up on broadway...go figure...

Miss Lorra­ine1299901497.246805 PostsRegistered 3/23/2007

Get good job as a waitperson. I know, because my son has one.

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