How to Become a Politician

The first step to becoming a politician is to gain an understanding of the issues that are affecting your community or your region.


If you are relatively unknown in your community, you may need to enter the world of politics as a volunteer for a political party, or as an aide to an elected official.


Based on your understanding of local or regional political issues, you must select a politician or a political party you wish to work for and find their local headquarters.


Once you have determined where you would like to work or who you would like to work for, approach the chosen office and ask if they have any job openings. If they do not have any open paid positions, it may be worth your time to volunteer. Volunteering for a political party or an elected official will allow you to demonstrate your worth to the office and make valuable contacts. It will also give you an incredible chance to learn from professionals.

When people begin to notice your dependability and work ethic, they will pass along more responsibility to you, and eventually you will be considered for promotions or party representation during elections. 


Politician Job Description

Politicians represent the political, financial, administrative, economic, educational and other interests of their communities, and attempt to become elected to represent those interests on a legislative level. Politicians may perform their duties at a municipal, regional or national level. 


Politicians who become elected to City Council, or Regional or Federal office (such as House of Parliament or House of Congress) must represent the interests of the citizens the represent, and attempt to implement legislative changes in order to protect those interests.



Politician Job Duties

• Politicians who are not elected to office and perform their duties on a part-time basis usually work in another industry, such as healthcare, business, law, accounting and others

• Perform constituency work, which involves visiting individuals, community groups, educational institutions and businesses in order to provide information related to the party’s political mandate and vision

• Respond to inquiries from the media and the general public

• Liaise with speech writers, researchers, other party members and political aides

• Maintain current knowledge of political issues affecting the constituents

• May be elected to office and work towards passing laws to protect the interests of constituents and advancing the mandate of the political party

• Supervise municipal, regional or federal public administrators


Majors that apply to a career as a Politician: 

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