A little over a year ago, I began writing articles about my position as a political advisor for a company. I began noticing that there were many people that had questions about the position, so I began posting my email address with the articles.
Recently, I began receiving emails from college students who were interested in my former job. They had aspirations of becoming a political advisor for a major company and wondered which college courses they should take to progress their chances of having an opportunity open up for them to be a political advisor.
The first suggestion that I would have to give is to make sure that you had already decided which kind of company you are interested in being hired in as a political advisor. You need to know which industry you have to study and learn like the back of your hand. Once you have decided, make sure that you fill your semesters with courses that would teach you what you need to know about the industry.
Of course, since being a political advisor is a business job, make sure that you have scheduled some basic business courses for yourself. You do not want to be preparing a presentation to a board of directors without having the basic understanding of how a business works. If you are going to try to consult for a company that deals with one of the unions, make sure that you take a few labor courses before collecting your papers on the stage.
Next, a political advisor needs make sure that he or she can make decisions and suggestions that will benefit the business on as many economic levels as possible. This is why I suggest that a person with aspirations of becoming a political advisor should take at least a few basic accounting classes. One would not want to have a balance sheet placed on the table and not being able to read it.
Political courses are another core requirement for anyone who wishes to become a political advisor. How could someone suggest what political move should be made if he or she did not understand politics? Both state and federal government college courses should be taken for this kind of position.
A political advisor will usually need to know the laws that pertain to the consulted industry. Business law classes are an essential for this aspect. Even if you cannot find classes that appeal to your industry, business law is a universal constant across all industries.
Psychology and sociology are probably the most important fields that can be studied by someone who is interested in becoming a political advisor. Negotiation, schmoozing, and sales are all based in psychology and sociology and are the cornerstones for a good political advisor. While these college courses can be tedious, they will go a long way for you.
A political advisor will often have to suggest certain marketing campaigns that would progress business in a certain area. One basic marketing class should help with any of these times. I usually only suggest one since this is not a major area of expertise of a political advisor, but it should be understood.
If deciding on a major and a minor for a position as a political advisor, make sure that you major in either political science, business law, or psychology. I would suggest that the two that you did not choose as your major, should be your minor. A political advisor can never be educated in too many fields.
For more information about being a political advisor, and further tips for gaining a job in the field, you can read the following article on what a political advisor is, and what he or she does. You can read it here.