How to Become a Political Advisor

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A political advisor spends days dealing with power, policy and prestige. But it's a stress-filled job, with long hours and big egos. Climbing the ranks to becoming an advisor can be a long journey. Use these steps to become a political advisor.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Get a college degree. Almost all political advisors have a college degree and many have post graduate diplomas. Law, business, communications and political science are all popular majors for political advisors.

  2. 2

    Become involved in politics--the earlier the better. Volunteer for campaigns, be knowledgeable about the election process or join a special interest group. Most of all, learn the political process and how it works. Stay informed about current events.

  3. 3

    Gain experience. Work as a political aide, a lobbyist or a political analyst for a corporation or non-profit organization.

  4. 4

    Learn a variety of skills. Writing, public speaking, research, showing charisma and using stress reduction techniques are all desirable skills for a political advisor.

  5. 5

    Develop an area of expertise. For example, if the goal is to be a advisor to an elected official, be an expert in election topics, such as polling, or be knowledgeable of specific issues, like business or tax codes.

  6. 6

    Talk to other political advisors. Ask for advice and employment leads. Political advisors interact frequently and keep informed about openings in other offices or companies.

Tips and warnings

  • A broad base of knowledge is helpful to political advisors. Learn something about many subjects.
  • Politics is often all about relationships. Develop and maintain good relationships with a wide variety of people. Keep an up-to-date contact file and review it often.

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