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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

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Politics

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a degree in Politics
Politics Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

The Politics Department emphasizes skills in critical reading, thinking and writing in order to develop students' ability to articulate reasoned arguments in support of their views. The department seeks to encourage students to engage important issues and to familiarize themselves with the ways others have engaged important issues.

The Politics Department prepares students for careers in governmental and non-governmental public service, policy analysis, journalism, law and business, as well as for post-graduate work in Political Science.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Politics alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Politics major at Brandeis.

Politics Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Politics major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title Industry
1968 MA Trial Court First Justice Law
1980 LA Neighborhood Land Trust Executive Director Non-Profit/Real Estate
1988 N.E. Hematology & Oncology Association Operations Manager Health Care
1993 Push Promotions Senior Vice President Advertising & Marketing
1993 National Science Foundation Assistant General Counsel Law/Foundations
1999 COR Developer Finance & Banking/Real Estate
2001 Smith Barney Senior Vice President Finance & Banking

Internships 

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Politics (.pdf)

Politics Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources


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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills and Abilities1

  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Knowledge

  • Understanding social pact between the governed and the governing
  • Researching how others have historically engaged in important social and political issues.
  • Supporting one’s views with reasoned arguments.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample of Possible Occupations

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Labor Relations Specialist
Assistant Budget Examiner
Public Affairs Specialist
Staff Aid, Congressional Committee
Legislative Coordinator, Mayor’s Office
State Personnel Officer
Juvenile Justice Specialist
City Planner
Labor Relations Specialist
Director, Nonprofit Agency
Field Officer, Human Rights Campaign
Director, Fund Raising
Budget Analyst
Lobbyist
Political Reporter
Campaign Manager/Consultant

Director, Political Action Committee
Press Officer for Candidate
Issue Analyst
Political Consultant
Deputy Secretary to the Governor
Public Interest/Consumer Advocate
State Legislator
Mediator
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Lobbyist
Politician
Attorney
Law Professor
Journalism
Peace Corp Volunteer
Foreign Service Officer

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development