Is a Master's in Public Policy something I want to do?
July 26, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
What sort of entry-level type jobs can I look for now to help me figure out if a Master’s in Public Policy is something I want to pursue?
posted by Shesthefastest to Work & Money (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Little more background: I’m 26. My Bachelor’s is in Political Science with a minor in Asian Studies. After graduating I was unemployed for several months before working a low-paying, menial labor job in a nursing home for five months. Then I spent a year teaching English in Asia. When I came home last summer I was hired to work customer service at a small startup. I was laid off in June when the company went out of business. So, while I’ve been working steadily since since graduation, I don’t have (I think) a very strong work history, and I don’t want to continue doing any of the things I’ve done.
In one of my upper-level classes, a professor once told me I should be a policy analyst/work in public policy. That line has really stayed with me through the years. I think working in public policy would play to my strengths (writing, research), and would let me work in areas I’m interested in. However it seems, I need a Master’s in Public Policy for this, correct me if I’m wrong. As my work history shows, I don’t really have relevant policy experience, so I'm thinking I should try and find something now that is somewhat related to give me an idea if policy work is something I would want to continue in the future.
My question: Now that I’m on the job hunt again, what kinds of positions, or even volunteer opportunities, could I pursue to help me determine if public policy is a career move I want to make? Thanks!