Politics seems to be an exciting field to work in for jobseekers in India, recent Indeed survey found. The majority or more than 80% percent of employees in the country said they are interested in pursuing a career in politics. Among respondents, the study revealed that men (21 percent) are more inclined towards building a career in politics as compared to women (12 percent).
In an interesting observation, about 1 in 4 respondents (24 percent) would find a mainstream political career interesting while 1 in 5 of them (21 percent) would pursue their interest in politics through a career in its allied fields. Further insights from the survey noted that 34 percent respondents would find a career as a political analyst interesting, 33 percent would be interested in working in a government organisation for social service, 33 percent would find working for human rights and welfare organisations interesting, and 27 percent would be interested in a career in political journalism.
When it comes to what it takes for talents to get into politics, almost 2 in 3 (59 percent) respondents believe that one needs public speaking and presentation skills, while 53 percent believe in the need for social and emotional intelligence. Half of the respondents believe that one needs leadership and conflict management skills for the job, compared to just under half (49 percent) who believe that one must possess the skill of being able to understand the audience. 37 percent respondents also believe that one needs crisis management and problem-solving skills to work in the field, compared to 47 percent who believe that analytical thinking skills are a must.
While 43 percent respondents have acquired or are in the process of acquiring skills that they think are required for a job in the political spectrum, 35 percent are still planning on how to acquire these skills.
Commenting on the survey finding, Mr. Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India said,
“While millennials have been branded a politically indifferent and disconnected generation, they have evolved a distinct identity of civic activism. Unlike former generations, millennials consider the government as an avenue to help society, along with activities such as volunteering, donating to charitable organisations, and supporting local businesses and community efforts. With the growing demand for transparency, millennials believe in creating a measurable impact, which they are increasingly exploring through careers in allied fields like social service and welfare.”
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