Career Coach: Political Science and Economics
I caught up with Maximilian Seidler from Munich for a bit of expert career advice.
What led you to pursue a career as a political scientist and business economist?
I first studied business administration because I’m interested in economic issues. Above all, I wanted to find out how macroeconomic processes work in globalisation. This interest brought me to the political science after the academic degree in business administration, because there the topic is fanned out larger. In addition, I wanted to engage more with political philosophy.
Did you undertake any study or qualifications, or is it something that you can learn on the job?
You have to do academic studies and also have the energy and time to complete two studies. Namely business administration and political science.
Was the reality of working in this field different to what your expectations had been?
Yes – the work in economics or in the teaching profession is quite different than the theoretical education. Many facts and models that you learn during your studies are not or hardly feasible in practice. However, theory and practice also complement each other by allowing practical work as a basis for theoretical models and assumptions.
What are some of the skills or attributes that you need in order to build a career as a political scientist and business economist?
Of course, the interest in economic and politics is very important. Also, you should be interested in philosophy and sociology. This is especially important for political science. Likewise, both fields include the capacity for analytical thinking. You also need to enjoy maths.
If someone was interested in pursuing a career in this field, what advice or guidance would you give them?
You should first think about which aspects of economics and politics are interesting for you, and then find the right university. You should perhaps do an internship – this is especially important for business administration, because the spectrum is very broad – accounting, marketing, logistics – so you should explore your interests.
What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?
I’m planning to do my doctorate in philosophy as an extension of political science. I’m also working on some projects on basic economic theories which I’ll use in my classes.