Q&A: What can people do with a major in Poli Sci and International Affairs?

Question by Joseph Louis: What can people do with a major in Poli Sci and International Affairs?

Best answer:

Answer by Winston Chau
Careers with a degree in political science:

Federally Employed Political Scientist

Because of the field’s focus on politics, international politics and the justice system, many political science graduates look for jobs as political scientists with the federal government. Graduates who hold these positions use their analytical and research skills in roles that affect public policy and raise awareness of issues such as healthcare or crime prevention.

Management Analyst

Management analysts, also known as management consultants, improve an organization’s or company’s efficiency, structure and overall profitability. These improvements are made by examining company data, observing workers and learning the organization’s logistics. Management analysts use this information to improve efficiency, trim budgets and increase productivity.

Public Affairs Specialist

U.S. Government public affairs specialists may act as advocates for the federal government, particularly in the area of foreign affairs. These specialists organize relationship-building events such as fundraisers, meet-and-greets or press conferences. They may also write press releases and news articles, maintain websites, manage charitable efforts and organize outreach or educational programs.

Careers with a degree in international affairs:

Foreign Service

The best-known international career is undoubtedly diplomacy. The lead institution here is the Foreign Service of the United States. This group of about 3,000 people staffs American embassies abroad and the State Department and the United States Information Agency in Washington. The Foreign Service offers an attractive career, but the selection process is extremely rigorous. Of the approximately 12,000 people who took the exam a few years ago, only about 200 were selected. The examination is interesting and free, so anyone interested should certainly take it, but realistically your chances are very slim indeed. The Foreign Service has been concerned about minority recruitment over the past few years, and such applications are particularly encouraged.

The Private Sector: International Business

Multi-national corporations play a prominent role in current international affairs. Most Americans tend to think in terms of working abroad for an American corporation, but in fact there may well be better opportunities working in the U. S., either for an American or perhaps even a foreign firm (of course, that may not be what you think of as an international job).

American corporations used to send significant numbers of Americans abroad, where they were often something of a trial. They were expensive, had a high failure rate (sometimes as high as 50%), didn’t want to stay long, didn’t know the language, and often alienated foreigners. Moreover, the corporations didn’t know how to use the people with international experience when they got back and often essentially punished them for going abroad. Thus most corporations moved to develop indigenous managers (Norwegians to run Exxon Norway, Nigerians for the Coca Cola branch in Nigeria, etc.) and to reduce the role of Americans abroad.

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Question by Vincero: Which airlines am I qualified to work for (as a pilot)?
I’m currently doing a Bachelor in Aviation, and by the time I finish, I will have the following certificates:

-PPL (Private Pilot License)
-IR (Instrument Rating)
-MEP (Multi-Engine Piston)
-CPL (Commercial Pilot License)
-ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License)

I will also have approximately 220 flight-hours, of which 50 will be in a simulator.
Note that I’m willing to pay for my own type-rating if it comes to that :)

Additional information:
I’ll do my bachelor in northern-Norway, and will therefore do my flying in an arctic climate.
I’m interested in airlines that would hire me themselves, rather than those that hire from a recruitment agency.

Thanks a bunch :)

Best answer:

Answer by John Mavrock
Woah, slow down hombre. No one is going to hire you with 170h TT (airlines don’t take sim time). Many fresh pilots out there, you have to stand in line. What I’d recommend you – take instructor rating instead of type rating. You have to somehow build flight experience, instructing is a good way. If you manage to find a job as an outback/freight pilot, even better… Also (depending on where you live) you don’t have to go through CPL. Norwegian requires 1500h TT for the A320 right seat + 500h on type (100h as PIC). So take any job you can find when you finish and fly as much as you can.
There’s also another way… Indonesians will take you with 250 hours, as well as Nigerians. You’ll pay for type rating and fly for $ 1,000 a month in awful conditions. But you’ll work. So look for any job available on the market you’re qualified for, everywhere on the planet, including fish spotting, aerial photography, joyrides, glider towing and rest. Apply to all. Fight. You’ll get there eventually. I don’t know much about smaller Norwegian companies but if you get stuck at one location you give no opportunity to jobs to happen.

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6 comments on “Q&A: What can people do with a major in Poli Sci and International Affairs?

  1. Haha you aren’t going to get hired by an airline right away!!! If you’re college is telling you that some major airline is going to give a crap about you once you graduate then leave that flight school immediately!!! And if you believe it…..well…….nevermind. Anyways, you’re going to have to work up the ladder like everyone else and get some time in……..not in a 747!!!!!!

  2. None…

    By the time you have your licence (EASA I assume) it will NOT be ATPL –
    It will be a CPL with a “frozen” ATPL – means it is a CPL –

    There are presently some 1,000 (or more) A320 and B737 captains and first officers who lost their job with various airlines in Europe, and will be the first choice for ANY airline, including the airlines in Norway – So, do not expect employment soon –

    Pilots with some 1,000 hrs on A320 and B737 are first choice – Not you with 220 hrs –
    And your bachelor degree of aviation in Europe is worthless, and not required –
    You probably “imagine” that a degree is required – not in Europe –
    What you read here in “aircraft forum” about degrees pertains to USA –

    Recruitment agencies would not in any case interested in you with your 220 hrs –
    You need at least 300 hrs as F/O with P2 type rating such as A320 or B737 –

  3. What the flight schools and aviation colleges never seem to tell their students is that even the small regional airlines require far more experience than their graduates have when they finish flight training. With the exception of a few direct-entry cadet programs, this is universally true. While 220 hours is very expensive to get, it is very insignificant experience. First off, with 220 hours you will not have a full ATP rating, it is a limited or “frozen” ATPL, meaning you have passed the academic requirements but do not have the experience requirements (1,500 hours).

    A full ATPL is the MINIMUM level preferred by most airlines, and competitive qualifications are often much higher. Right now there is no shortage of pilots in Europe and the major airlines expect applicants to have a lot of experience, numbering in the thousands of hours and years of work experience.

    The best option for employment is often to obtain the flight instructor certificates and teach at a flight school for a few years in order to gain more flying experience and knowledge. Good luck.

  4. AS found on the recruiting pages of most airlines in Europe “Applicants with more than 1,500 hours flight time in fixed-wing aircraft and substantial multi-engine airplane experience will be considered first”. Give yourself a few years after graduating flight school to acquire that.

  5. heey, you’re question is fine. The idea of a pilot is working in a B747, flying for 10 straight hours and earning 100k a year.

    Although that description of a pilots life is probably 25 years after graduation there’s no doubt that the jobs building up that time may be frustrating, but also enjoayble.

    You can build up time by

    1) Flight insturcting (low pay, about 25k a year)

    2) bush flying

    3) cargo


    google them. Although the pay is low for most jobs, think about it this way. you’re getting paid to fly. instead of paying companies 100$ $ $ $ $ $ for renting a cessna for about 2 hours.

    it’ll come. just be patient.

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