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Considering a Career in Politics

Would You Ever Consider a Career in Politics?

Super Tuesday has the voting pubic anxiously awaiting results, but can you imagine what it would be like if you were one of the candidates? A career in politics requires relentless networking, public speaking, creating a personal brand with solid ideas, and the willingness to have every aspect of your life scrutinized. Of course the level of scrutiny depends on how far you would want to go, as there are many layers of politics, but how would you feel about working anywhere from local politics to the Oval Office?


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jen22 jen22 9 years
No way.
mguy414 mguy414 9 years
I don't know if this counts but being something like the Secretary of Education would be amazing, I would love to do something like that. Going into college I seriously thought about majoring in political science and trying to be mayor of Memphis, after all the Herenton nonsense, but now I live in Mississippi so that dream is over!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Btw, Wackdoodle and Leeapeea have my future vote! There's one! :)
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
Yes. It is important for all people to be representatives at some point. Partially because they will recognize there is room for their voice in governance. Foremost, because career politicians, especially those who run unopposed, are more susceptible to corruption.
Blackthorne Blackthorne 9 years
I considered it in middle school, but when I told my dad he quickly dissuaded me. Too many skeletons in the family closet. I didn't know what to make of it back them.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I would go into politics if it was the last profession on earth for me to go into.
emalove emalove 9 years
Maybe lower-level politics...I'd have to become better educated about many issues though.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I actually just recently applied to be on the Town Council, there is an open seat and I think it would be very interesting and a great way to give back.
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
BTW - my "Republicans for Voldemort" pic is a joke - I am neither a registered republican NOR would I vote for Voldemort. :-)
leeapeea leeapeea 9 years
I'm from NH, where every 3rd person you meet is a representative of someone. Seriously, we have the largest state government of ALL 50 STATES, and the 3rd largest legislative body in the English Speaking World (behind US House of Reps and British Parliament). So, it's not unusual to be an Alderman (or Alderperson), on the Board of Education, a City Rep (if you're in a city and not a town, where they still hold town meetings, and people actually GO!), or some other elected office. State senators and reps are paid only $100/year ('cause NH hates taxes, yay us!) so no one does it for the money. I think working in government in this state would be pretty rewarding since it's set up for a direct affect - but like gigill said, you have to be a "live to work" person. Since I'm still making less than $30k/year 'cause I choose to work in Education and non-profit, I think I can say that I'm that kind of person.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
i'd love to do it but without all the behind-the-scenes butt-kissing you have to do. i don't like to be indebted to anyone but myself and the people i'm serving, not some lobbyist or special interest group. being from DC, i get to see how people arrive here nice and sane and then go crazy and egotistical because they have this or that connection. it drives me nuts because they lose sight of the original purpose of democratic politics - to serve the people who elected you.
gigill gigill 9 years
No way, I'm more a work to live person and I think that in order to be a politician you have to be a live to work person. I admire people who go into politics because it is such a demanding position. You have to have thick skin and be well-networked, neither of which I posses. Plus you will likely lose your privacy, which is the final nail on the coffin for me for getting into politics.
eruntale eruntale 9 years
i'm seriously considering a career in Diplomacy. it's very related to politics but i think that it's a much better way to help my country (i'm from Peru), handling external affairs than actually entering into the complicated and ruthless political scenery that we have here. i'm finishing my major in Systems Engineering this August and hope to enter the Diplomatic Academy in January, i hope i can make it!
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I said absolutely. I think it's probably the best way to bring change. I LOVE politics though.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No thank you!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I said I would do lower level politics, but even the idea of running for a commissioner or mayor seat scares the hell out of me. lol. I'd prefer being a bit more out of the spotlight - a lobbyist or something.
Veekore Veekore 9 years
Nope. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Not the life for me.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I would definitely consider running for a lower-level office.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I totally agree with you, wackdoodle.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
no way. you are always in the eye of the public, and every action you make is over analyzed. even our poor mayor of pittsburgh got harassed for wearing flip flops at the airport.
katie225 katie225 9 years
i'm a middle school teacher, so i would consider running for lower level politics once i'm through with teaching so that i can make an impact on education, at least locally. education reform is necessary, if only to get rid of most of the other education reform!
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Maybe lower level.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I seriously considered running for a Board of Supervisors seat in District 6 against Chris Daly, if he was allowed to run again - but THANK GOODNESS he can't run again do to term limits. I would have turned down the salary (yes refused the $175,000 city salary - because I voted against paying those fat cats anyway since most were business owners anyway - except for Daly who never held a job before) and hold a part time job - basically focusing on serving primarily my district first then the city at large as the BOS are suppose to but don't. I have no interest in a life or career in politics but I am tired of having some juvenile temper tantrum throwing hoodlum try to hold all of the city hostage because he desn't get his way. Since he cannot run again I don't have to try at unseating him.
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