03 Apr 2019 17:38 IST

80% job hunters interested in politics, seek careers in allied fields

Keen on careers as political analysts, social workers, welfare workers, and political journalists

A survey by Indeed, a leading global job site, reveals that over 80 per cent of employees in India are interested in politics. The survey also reveals that men (21 per cent) are more inclined towards building a career in politics than women (12 per cent).

In an interesting observation, 24 per cent of respondents said they would find a mainstream political career interesting while 21 per cent of them would pursue politics through a career in its allied fields. Insights from the survey are that 34 per cent respondents would find a career as a political analyst interesting, 33 per cent would be interested in working in a government organisation for social service, 33 per cent would find working for human rights and welfare organisations interesting, and 27 per cent would be interested in a career in political journalism.

Acquiring special skills

The survey also reveals that 59 per cent respondents believe that one needs public speaking and presentation skills for a career within the political spectrum, while 53 per cent believe in the need for social and emotional intelligence. Half the respondents believed that one needs leadership and conflict management skills for the job, compared to just under half (49 per cent) who said one must possess the skill of being able to understand the audience. Some 37 per cent respondents also believe that one needs crisis management and problem-solving skills to work in the field, compared to 47 per cent who believe that analytical thinking skills are a must.

While 43 per cent respondents have acquired or are in the process of acquiring skills that they think are required for a job in the political spectrum, 35 per cent are still planning on how to acquire these skills.

Commenting on the survey findings, Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed India, said: “While millennials have been branded a politically indifferent and disconnected generation, they have evolved a distinct identity of civic activism. Unlike former generations, millennials consider the government as an avenue to help society, along with activities such as volunteering, donating to charitable organisations, and supporting local businesses and community efforts. With the growing demand for transparency, millennials believe in creating a measurable impact, which they are increasingly exploring through careers in allied fields like social service and welfare.”

Sample for survey

The survey was commissioned by Indeed and conducted by Censuswide, on a random sample of 1,201 millennials aged between 22 to 36, in late February 2019. Censuswide employs members of the Market Research Society, which is based on and abides by the ESOMAR principles.

Job search site

Indeed is a popular job site that allows job seekers to search for millions of jobs on the web in over 60 countries, and using 28 languages. Every month, more than 250 million people search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies on Indeed.