People who work in the Governance pathway include the officials elected or appointed to government positions responsible for making and executing public policy. This pathway includes the President and members of Congress, governors and state legislators, and local elected officials such as councilpersons or commissioners. Also included are the staff members that support them. Careers in this pathway often require working with constituents or interest groups with conflicting goals. Leadership, consensus building and conflict resolution are important skills for success.
The job situation for careers in this pathway is unique. Elected officials must periodically stand for election, and a trend toward term limits has reduced the long-term prospects for elected positions. Jobs in the administration or on the staff of an elected official or legislative body often are determined by a combination of education, work experience and political affiliation.
This pathway is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster. These are the other pathways in the cluster:
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