Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I've worked in marketing services for a large City firm for 13 years although I've always hankered after a career in politics but I've been too chicken to jack in my job and now have a family of four to support. My lack of courage depresses me and I'm scared I'm going to feel like this for the rest of my life. What should I do?

A: 'A career in politics' could mean many things. Do you mean a career in the advisory, back-room sense - perhaps for one of the many influential think-tanks or research centres? Or do you imagine yourself applying for inclusion on your party's prospective parliamentary candidate list and then offering yourself up for selection to a series of constituency associations until one of them adopts you? If this last, you can of course pursue such a path while working full-time in your City firm. It will be extremely time-consuming and your family may not see much of you - particularly at weekends - but at least you'll be satisfying that itch that's been troubling you for so long. …

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