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Any Ideas what to do with my Political Science degree from Ohio State?

Asked by LKidKyle1985 (6589points) August 12th, 2008

So, I am looking at graduating here in about 1 year, And well, I just don’t know what to do with this degree. Politics obviously are interesting to me, but I am not interested in running for any public office. I am not really interested in going back for my masters right now either. I don’t necessarily have to get a job related to politics. I am just curious what kind of job/career you flutherers would reccomend and why, and about how much I could make.

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lefteh's avatar

I work at the Franklin County Courthouse right down the street from OSU and love it…I’m only 16 and just do what I can. With a political science degree, you could do much more for the commissioners.

marinelife's avatar

Usually Poly Sci is a good liberal arts grounding for any position in business. You could become a public servant (work for the government). Salaries are lower, but great benefits and stability. You could go into working for candidates at a political consulting firm. You can do research, write position papers, and help craft spots.

Good luck.

jasongarrett's avatar

Your professors should be able to give you some pointers.

Does your college have a job placement program? The college of Engineering did when I was there, and it was an invaluable resource.

wundayatta's avatar

You can do anything you want. What you do really depends more on your personal interests and contacts than your major. Do you have a network? If not, make one. If you do, use it. Call everyone you know, and ask them what work is like where they are and for recommendations about places they think might be good to work. Also ask them to suggest two other people you can talk to.

Build and work the network. Who you know is what determines what job you get, no matter what field you want to work in. Who you know is not a matter of passive knowing; you can actively work to expand your network. Do it. Tell everyone what you are interested in. Be honest. And trust you will eventually get a position you like.

winblowzxp's avatar

A friend of mine got a PS degree, and the way she put it is that it’s a degree that you get when you don’t know what you want to do.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

@lefteh Yeah, that is a decent Idea, Maybe when I get closer to graduating I will check things out down there.
@marina what kind of business positions do you think I could get with it, and political consulting sounds really interesting.
@daloon, good advice with the networking, I def need to work on my networking skills, I will look for a book on it.
@ winblowzxp, thats exactly why I went into poli sci lol.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

@jasongarrett sorry I missed yours when going down the list, They probably do have some kind of job workshop or something, I def need to check it out.

trumi's avatar

Start as an aide or an intern wherever you can, work your ass off, smile, and remember names. Do that and you’ll climb to the top.

nina's avatar

Law school?

LKidKyle1985's avatar

nah, I dont want to go to law school or grad right now.

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