The CQ Press Career Guide for American Politics Students

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The CQ Press Career Guide for American Politics Students helps you navigate your first steps towards a career in American politics. With a focus on setting personal goals and maximizing transferable skills, author Peter Ubertaccio outlines diverse career-path options for political science majors and illuminates pathways to graduate school. Full of practical guidance on how to secure a job, including a collection of employment resources, resume-building tips, and student success stories, this guide provides an action-oriented road map for you to develop your undergraduate experience into a fulfilling career in American politics.

Key Features:

  • Critical thinking questions are designed to help you align your academic and co-curricular pursuits to skills and career readiness competencies that are in demand by employers in the field.
  • “Staff Work On and Off The Hill” (Chapter 3) offers you a glimpse into the daily life of an entry level staff worker and provides you with guidance on how to navigate this space.
  • “Political Campaigns” (Chapter 4) provides you with an overview of typical campaign work and shows you how to campaign for different candidates, parties, and issues.
  • Advice on internships, nonprofit advocacy, and graduate school options help you determine your next steps and provide guidance on how these options might boost long-term career potential.
  • A career checklist provides you with valuable insights on resume building, social media strategies, and networking.

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