Just published: The Political Ladder: Insider Tips On Getting A Job In Politics by Alexandra Acker-Lyons.
“Anyone who has worked in politics knows how tough it can be–both getting the job and figuring out what comes next. It’s a transient field with a lot of turnover. In an industry where it’s not just what you know but who you know, being a newbie can be tough and intimidating.”
Going in for a job interview is an event that is consistently met with dread and apprehension by many people, primarily because they fail to sufficiently prepare for the interview ahead of time. Good preparation is always the key to mastering any situation, job interviews included! Your prospective employer wants you to be competent, calm and of an even temper when evaluating your candidacy for the position. Role-playing the most common questions you’ll be asked is a great way to prepare. Here are some of the most common interview questions and answers that you can practice.
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International Relations Online is the innovative master’s degree from American University’s top-ten ranked School of International Service (SIS). This program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and ever-changing field of international affairs.
Students attend live, face-to-face online classes each week, and gain specialized expertise through concentrations in Sustainable International Development and Global Security and Conflict Resolution. Courses are designed and taught by world-class SIS faculty, in a highly interactive virtual learning environment. The selective admissions criteria are the same as our on-campus program. This online program provides you with the flexibility to earn your degree from a highly ranked Washington, D.C.-based school while maintaining commitments in your own community.
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The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the top-ranked School of Government at the University for North Carolina at Chapel Hill aims to shape leaders in public service, a field that is expected to grow in visibility and importance over the next decade and beyond. The MPA@UNC program is designed with working professionals in mind, offering the accessibility and flexibility of online education with the best of UNC’s on-campus experience, including a virtual classroom setting, to effectively teach tomorrow’s public service leaders.
“There is a critical need for leadership in government and public service throughout our country,” said Todd Nicolet, associate dean for operations and director of MPA@UNC. “With an online format, we are able to reach students regardless of their geographic location–creating an even more diverse student body. As part of MPA@UNC, students gain a unique opportunity to interact with classmates in different parts of the country, offering new perspectives in addition to classroom learning, which they bring back to benefit the organizations and communities in which they work.”
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Many of us long to obtain a career which will serve people, and give back to the community, in addition to paying our bills. A human services degree opens up every visible door to job opportunities, all of which do their part to help and serve others.
While some jobs, such as a social worker or police officer, work directly with the public others work in the background to create the policies and legislation which help to create a better world for the underprivileged and oppressed, and everyone else along the way. Consider these ways a human services degree helps you give back to your community.
Improve the World, Work With Children
When you receive your degree in human services, apply and work with programs dedicated to serving the rights of children and adolescents. You can assist a licensed social worker in managing clients in a foster program. You may be a part of establishing and running a Head Start program or other local, state, or federal programs devoted to providing housing, food and/or medical assistance to children in need.
Your work will provide physical and emotional support, as well as provide hope for children who may not have a great deal of joy in their lives. Every day of your work life will be devoted to creating a brighter future for children who haven’t had a fair start.
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A lot of people focus on all the right things but in all the wrong ways. If you are looking to start a new career, or looking to develop your existing career, you need to map out your career progression path. Some people think this is something that is just going to happen. In order for career progression to happen you need to be good about what you do, but you also need to be pro-active.
Initial Job Search
Firstly, you need to choose a job role to start with. This is important. Some jobs have much better career progression paths than others. For instance if you chose to be an admin then you have plenty of routes to work towards. You could end up going into a junior marketing, finance or even analytical role. Make sure the job you pick is going to allow you to map out the perfect career progression route. Of course, using online job sites is a great way to find these jobs. There are 1000s of new job listings uploaded every single day.
The next thing to do is to get some introductory training that is going to allow you to apply for volunteer and paid positions. Of course, you need to expect to be doing fairly basic tasks. If you put the effort in and pick up skills fairly quickly, then you have a much better chance of progressing quickly.
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The Criminal Justice system, while dealing with law and order, can sometimes be confusing. There are so many different people working in this system that it is often hard to remember which person does which job. To make it even more confusing, some positions seem to overlap, or at least be so similar it takes some time to learn who is who and who does what. The difference between Criminology and Forensic Psychology is one of those confusing areas. Let’s explore some of the similarities and differences between these two.
Inward vs. Outward Focus
Both the Criminologist and the Forensic Psychologist analyze factors that influence criminal behavior. The difference between the two is that the Criminologist is concerned about how things outside the criminal contribute to crime and the Forensic Psychologist is more concerned about what internal factors contribute to it.
For example, let’s look at a person being charged with murder. The criminologist will look at the person’s neighborhood, family history and other environmental factors that may have made murder seem like a viable option to the criminal. On the other hand, the Forensic Psychologist is going to look toward factors such as mental illness, impulse control and other internal factors that would predestine the person to acts of violence. Read more »
All good leadership is top down leadership. Anyone who has worked for or led a successful organization will tell you that, regardless of whether the group at hand is a military detachment, a Fortune 500 level company, or an elementary school. Even the best, most competent, bright, and driven employees cannot run a successful, profitable business if they lack proper organizational leadership!
Traditionally, people tend to think there are only two routes to becoming a great leader. First, there are those who opt to take the time and make the investment to get an advanced level degree in order to gain a sound academic background that is needed to be ready for any challenges. The second route is to work your way up “from the trenches,” as they say, learning the ins and outs of leadership by rising through the ranks of an organization (or a number of different ones) until you arrive at a leadership position with firsthand experience. Read more »
Being a recruitment consultant covers a wide range of bases when it comes to day to day activities. Dealing with organizations looking to fill vacancies as well as jobseekers hoping to take the next step in their careers can be a demanding but extremely rewarding role.
As with any office-based job, there are a number of different things that a recruitment consultant will be involved in during a typical working day. Read more »
If you are the type of person that is dissatisfied with the way society currently operates and you want to dive into a degree program that will allow you to hone your existing skills while learning new skills that will help you make changes to the way the system works, policy majors could be a perfect match. You can get into health policy, environmental policy, or public policy, to name a few of the areas you can pursue. These fields will allow you to work with other like-minded professionals who want to help create laws and put systems in place that will help the greater good.
Doing your research into these fields ahead of time will definitely help you decide if one of these career paths is the right one for you. Read more »