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What classes do you recommend someone takes if they would like to work in the government?

I'm in middle school and taking a career class. After I took a survey, government was one of the suggested paths I got. I'm interested in learning more about how the career path of government works. #career #government


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Theresa’s Answer

As always, make sure to take classes in social studies, such as U.S. History, World History, Government, Economics, and Civics. In addition to this, I would suggest strengthening your communication skills through courses or activities in public speaking or writing. Finally, one last thing I would recommend is taking classes you enjoy, such as marine biology, psychology, etc. Just like there are so many classes, I know people who took as many paths in this field. For example, I know of people who serving as part of organizations focused on civic engagement, climate change, education policy, international refugees, and so much more. Really, the world is your oyster!

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Tamara’s Answer

Working for the government is very broad because there are so many options you have. It can go from being in the military to being a contractor to working for government sponsored agencies like the FBI or CIA... Having good grades at the level you are currently in is most important. As you progress to higher levels of education your focus will narrow as you start to specifically target your interests. Subjects like Social Science, History, Math (just to name a few) do set the ground work for you selecting a profession working for the government. I went to the Marine Corp and was active duty. I went in as a Private first class instead of a Private because I already had some college experience. I promoted right out of boot camp to Lance Corporal and was immediately put in charge in most areas because I was the senior rank among my peers. For you, Junior ROTC might be a good start either way. Even if you end up working for the FBI or CIA or Border patrol. That initial experience can be helpful. I hope this information helps. Take care and I wish you the very best in whatever you choose.

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Fatimah’s Answer

Hello, Mira

Classes I would focus on in middle school for someone interested in government would be social studies, history, civics, etc.
I knew I wanted to work in government affairs when I was in middle school and worked hard to make the grades in my history and civics classes to show my strength in knowledge of government and politics. Also, it would help to join extracurriculars like Model United Nations or Model Congress if those are offered in your school.

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Robert’s Answer

Take classes in social studies, especially U.S. History. Too many people fail to know the inner details of WWII thru Korea and Vietnam. Also be sure to work on your communication skills through activities in public speaking or writing.

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Amber’s Answer

Being in middle school, I would definitely recommend social studies classes. Then in high school, take US History, World History, Geography and then civics or government classes. They might have student clubs that you can join that are government or history focused.

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