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    • I would like to work for a charity/NGO using my linguistic; design and marketing skills (I have been learning all these skills in my free time). My key passion in life is politics and I want to take this at uni as I feel I would excel the most in it. I am worried in today’s climate that it won’t help me to get a job afterwards and maybe I should stick to languages or marketing or graphic design. I have an A at A-level in German and French; and am self-teaching myself graphics from books having purchased Creative Cloud and will try to build a portfolio. If I can get marketing internships in my uni holidays, do you think it would be OK for me to study politics or am I jeopardizing my future? (I don’t have wealthy parents so it wouldn’t be possible to have unpaid internships etc to gain experience once graduated - I'd have to go straight into work).
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    • I would like to work for a charity/NGO using my linguistic; design and marketing skills (I have been learning all these skills in my free time). My key passion in life is politics and I want to take this at uni as I feel I would excel the most in it. I am worried in today’s climate that it won’t help me to get a job afterwards and maybe I should stick to languages or marketing or graphic design. I have an A at A-level in German and French; and am self-teaching myself graphics from books having purchased Creative Cloud and will try to build a portfolio. If I can get marketing internships in my uni holidays, do you think it would be OK for me to study politics or am I jeopardizing my future? (I don’t have wealthy parents so it wouldn’t be possible to have unpaid internships etc to gain experience once graduated - I'd have to go straight into work).
    None of the degrees you've listed will give you an advantage over the other if that makes sense, so go with the one you would enjoy the most. What matters more is the all round package you offer- having work experience, soft & hard skills and being able to put togeth a good application. It's also worth looking at the profiles of staff at the kinds of organisations you are interested in working for & seeing what their marketing staff might have done.
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    Thanks for the reply and the great tip on looking at marketing staff resumes in companies I wish to work for.

    The problem is that most of the marketing jobs (albeit the generic ones, not necessarily the ones I want) I view online state a degree in marketing, but I guess that's not the be all and end all.
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    Interdisciplinary skills should make you more valuable, if anything. If you understand policy and government, and are able to communicate and promote issues effectively, that's something that charities and NGOs - particularly the smaller ones - would want to take advantage of, in my experience. Just having someone technically adept can make a difference. For some reason, there are plenty of recently-graduated bag carriers who just have no idea when it comes to IT and digital tools.

    If anything is a potential threat, it's the nature of your political interests. Generally, you'll be fine if you don't diverge too far from the groupthink.

    The easiest way forward that I can think of for you is to find a local charity, CIC or NGO, volunteer with them and discuss what you might be able to work on that can build you a portfolio of campaign work and develop your experience of researching and formulating policy. In this respect, if design more broadly is an interest area, you might want to find out more about design thinking and how that can be applied in a campaign or project.
 
 
 
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