Careers in Social Science Research advice Watch
How difficult is it to get into this kind of research (particularly political science which is what I'm interested in), what kind of longevity is there in this field and what skills are necessary?
From what I have heard, it’s mainly a “who you know” and contacts kind of thing to get into rather than a straight forward career path and it’s mostly about maths skills, people skills and organisation skills.
Advice from anyone who knows anything about this field much appreciated.
What stage are you at and what skills/qualifications do you have? It really depends on what kind of research you're doing and yes to some extent who you know in terms of networks and getting your work out there and recognised. Funding bodies are very hot on impact and competition for funding is fierce so if you don't have funding you will struggle. I'm not sure about maths because that's dependent on your specific area of interest but people organisation, budgeting etc skills are very helpful in academia.
I have an A-level in politics and a diploma in International Relations. I'm deciding whether to take Politics or languages at uni. I've had a research methods professor agree to let me sit in on the class if I decide to take languages.
The two careers I'm considering are either as a researcher for an MP/Think Tank (I've had a months' work experience with an MP due to being part of a local political party) or as a translator as I naturally excel in languages.
I feel research would be more interesting as a career choice and I'd prefer this (politics is my passion), but I'm not from a well off background (no bank of mum and dad) and I feel that translation is a more stable career choice.
They say do what you're good at rather than what you love and I have a crazy talent for languages, but I'd absolutely love a career in research. I have excellent people skills, organisational skills and IT skills and a huge passion for politics and desire to work in this sector, but I only got a B in GCSE Maths (every other subject I got an A*) in so I would say my maths is adequate but definitely not a strength.
Any thoughts much appreciated!!