Debunking 5 myths of working full time for a political party

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3 min readApr 12, 2023

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Myth №1: “You have to be a die-hard supporter of that party.”

Although it is a typical misperception, this is not always the case. Regardless of their own political opinions, many people who work full-time for political parties do so because they are enthusiastic about politics and want to make a difference. Working for a political party is possible even if you don’t agree with all of its philosophies or ideas. It goes without saying that you must share some commonality — otherwise, why are you there?

A campaign manager for a political party, for instance, might not share every opinion the party has but yet hold a strong belief in the value of democracy, the political ideology at large, and the necessity of successful campaign tactics.

Myth №2: “It’s all about campaigning and door-knocking”

There are numerous other jobs and obligations that come with working for a political party, even while voter engagement and campaigning are undoubtedly vital components of the job. Research, policy analysis, media relations, fundraising, and many other activities fall under this category.

Consider a policy adviser for a political party, who may devote a significant portion of their time to analysing legislation, formulating policy recommendations, and collaborating with other professionals to create recommendations for the party.

Myth №3: “high-stress, high-pressure”

Full-time employment with a political party can have its stresses and difficulties, just like any other profession. But, it’s not necessarily a high-stress job all the time. It is feasible to find a position that fits your abilities and interests in political parties because there are frequently a variety of roles and responsibilities.

A position as a press secretary or communications officer may be more pleasurable and less demanding for someone who is interested in media relations and communication than one that focuses on fundraising or campaigning.

Myth №4: “It means you have to sacrifice your personal life”

Just NO! While it’s true that working in politics might occasionally include long hours and a sizable time commitment, it is not always true that working full-time for a political party means sacrificing your personal life. Setting boundaries, limits and making time for yourself outside of work are crucial in any career.

While a party’s field organisers may put in long hours throughout the campaign season, they may and must be able to find time for their friends, families, and other hobbies.

Myth №5: “It’s only for a select few”

Although it is true that a career in politics can be challenging and that it may call for a specific set of abilities and experiences, it is not always true that only a “chosen few” can be successful in this sector. Parties have a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities, and there is frequently a need for people with a range of abilities and experiences.

While someone with a background in research may be well-suited for a post as a policy advisor, someone with a background in finance is certainly well-suited for a role as a fundraising coordinator. Everyone can work in politics, and there is a position to suit each individual.

For those who are interested in politics and making a difference, working full-time for a political party can be a fulfilling and demanding/challenging professional choice. The fact that political parties have a variety of jobs and duties and that it is possible to choose a job that matches your abilities and interests is crucial to keep in mind despite the many myths and misconceptions surrounding this line of work.

Author: Jason Frazer

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