Political campaigns are the ideal workplace if you thrive on accomplishments, pressure, deadlines and competition. If this sounds like a fun environment, you’re perfect for the political scene and regardless of where you want to end up, working for a political campaign is probably for the first step to success. Here’s how you get started:
Volunteer and Pay Your Dues
Most political campaign workers get started through volunteering in a campaign. It’s a great way to test the water, get experience and start meeting people. While you’re in college or high school, think about interning for a political campaign. When you’re ready for employment, you’ll find a wealth of political campaigns in need of workers, but don’t expect to get rich. You’ll work overtime and get meager compensation. However, you’ll also get the experience and the thrill.
Some people will find the perfect political campaign or organization and stick with it for the long haul. Others will rotate between multiple campaigns, which is more common. Local or grassroots campaigns give you greater opportunity to do a variety of tasks and gain varied experiences. Conversely, large campaigns give you experience with scale and well-connected contacts. Follow the opportunities as they come.
Build a Network
While working for a political campaign, get to know everyone. A thriving professional network is essential in the political campaign field as you look for increasingly attractive job opportunities. When everyone knows you and your professional merit, you’ll find yourself moving quickly through the political campaign ranks.
This professional route won’t be a walk in the park, but it is incredibly rewarding as you secure your professional position and create positive change in the political realm. If you’re ready to get started, begin with research into local and national campaigns looking for volunteers and interns. Taste the political campaign thrill and see if it’s for you.