A political researcher is highly responsible for doing a lot of research and for providing useful information for their employer. Employer can be an MP, a political trade union, a large company, a charity or a non-government organization.
The political research individuals usually work for an MP but they may also be employed by other employers that include political parties and charities. Their duty is to keep up to date with government legislation and policy as well as general political developments.
The various career opportunities and job opportunities in this field depends on the employer of the political researcher to gain rapid promotions. If a person is working for an MP or a political party
they may choose to become an adviser after few years of experience. Some political researchers go back to university to study to become a lawyer as the skills learnt in political research provide a strong base for such a career.
Courses to be pursued
• B.A. (Political Science)
• B.A. (Public Relations)
• M.A. (Political Science)
• M.A. (Public Relations)
• M.A. (International Relations)
Most of the political researchers work in a comfortable but busy office environment. The employees may need to leave the office while undertaking research in other environments or meeting with employees from other companies. A large number of political researchers manage to work thirty – seven hours per week. Individuals may be expected to work for long hours at short notice if relevant political developments occur unexpectedly.
• Interest in politics • Ability to multi task • Ability to prioritize one task ahead of another and delegate work to other employees if appropriate • Good organizational skills • Good time management skills • Confidence while dealing with members of the public • Good interpersonal skills • Good communication skills
• Class 10+2 • Graduation