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Testimonials of AB in Political Science Graduates from the Philippines

E. P.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At University Of Rizal System
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I heed to my parents plan for me to become a lawyer even if I do not like it. I already told them that I wanted to be an Engineer, however, because my two siblings are also going to college, they told me that they can not afford it, even if I think they really can.

list bulletAbout my college education: It was difficult because at a very young age I needed to keep abreast with the current issues and concerns of politicians. We were made to analyze and conclude on politicians choices and movement. We needed to read news papers, watch news, make political analyses and think of possible best practices in governance. The enjoyable things was how students from other courses perceived about Political Science students. They think we are the most intelligent class in the University because it is presumed that we will advance our studies in the Law School after college. The boring part is our busy studying most of the time that we almost forgot the life around us. We were mostly serious in studying, debate classes and intelligent conversations about politics which makes the course very interesting. It is like mathematical analysis of phenomena but not an exact science like numerical calculations. We dig deeper to historical events and learn from the wrong and right decisions made from the past. We resolve issues and propose solutions to problems met or is conceived to happen whether it be in law, economics, education, finance, business and all other governmental topics which makes the study more challenging because of it's wide coverage which also give us the necessary skills to look at situations in a different perspective instead of looking at it in one side paradigm.

As regard traits and attitude needed, a Pol Sci student must be analytic, has innovative mind, has good written and oral communication skills, is willing to conduct legal analysis and law studies, must be a good researcher (for law analysis), must have resolute attitude instead of argumentative or aggressive unless in debate classes, must be logical, decisive and must be a solution finder instead of fault finder. It is also good that he/she must have planning and strategic trait in deciding, goal seeker, team player (not egoistic and loner, in this course, no man is an island - if this is the case, you will be left behind without help), output oriented and as much as possible, friendly and persuasive (just like politicians). Most Pol Sci students are not interested with Journalism. As we often joked to say "we don't find holes on the wall, we cover them."

list bulletMy current job: Dean of the Graduate School, Planning Officer (until such time that a new planning officer will be hired), and professor.

As the Dean, I prepare the professorial lecturer’s workload, make the academic calendar, conducts orientation programs, holds in-service seminars and workshops, serve as a resource person for the college, develop academic programs, policies, and guidelines.
As planning officer, provide advice and recommendations on matters related to educational planning and services to clients such as support to operations, physical expansion, curriculum development, property development, maximization of resources (human capital, financial and facilities), and enforcement of implementing rules, regulations and guidelines based on national and local standards; ensure that development within an area is done in accordance to scheme, policy, and community expectations; to be responsible for gathering and maintaining data and trend information, evaluating, processing and submitting development proposals and policies, conducting property inspections and forecasting planning needs and issues; assisting in research, preparing documentation, advising on the implementation of policies and legislation and anticipating and responding to planning problems; prepares the quarterly president’s report and the annual report of the institution including inception and terminal report of internal and external projects/programs of the institution.
Finally as a professor, I mentor students in the fields of politics, governance, philosophy, educational management, fiscal/financial management, organization development and administration, statistics and research.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: What I have learned in College were 80% theoretical. I do not have background in politics nor in law studies at all when I entered college but I learned it's fundamentals afterwards with the help of our professors. I was able to use 50% of theories and 90% on practical things I have learned in college in my current and past jobs. I used what I have learned even in my advance studies. I think what I was able to use 100% was the training on how to handle emotion and how to react to situations. I learned to deal with almost all kind of people with different interests. The diversity of knowledge I learned in college is also a plus factor because I can make analysis considering aspects in law, finance, administration and many others which were all part of our studies in college. It is not just what was taught to us on political concepts but what attitude our professors, mentors and classmates have imbibed in me as our moral principles in political science studies which were more of the things that I have used in my profession.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I am very lucky that companies were willing to hire me immediately after graduation, but I have chosen to study in the Law School, but was not able to finish it because I really needed to work.
I was invited by a friend to work in the Local Government Unit that time that I accepted and I enrolled in the Master's Program simultaneously.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: It depends on the career plan of the person who wanted to take the course.

Employment opportunities:
Political Science is preparation to Law Studies. If you don't plan to be a lawyer, don't take the course. It is also good for planning officers and administrators in the government service. If you don't have plan to stay in the Philippines for government work, then don't take the course. This course is also good if you wanted to teach in College for social sciences subjects. But in education, you must pursue your advance studies in Master and Doctorate degree. If you have other plans, then taking the course may not give you better opportunities and end up in business industry as office staff or call center agents.

Career:
This course is good in most government services. You can start as researcher, documentary analyst, clerk, administrative assistant, registration assistant, personnel assistant and many other entry level appointment. It is highly suggested that continuation of advance studies is necessary to attain better opportunities at work.

Salary:
Starting salary of 10,000 to 15,000 is good enough specially in the government offices with Salary Grade 8 to 10 for staff position. As you pursue professional advancement, salary grade will increase base on availability of plantilla positions (government). If you will be a lawyer, an average of 45,000 monthly income should be your target to sustain a living (to note that cost of living of lawyers are higher than ordinary employees). On the other hand, if you finished Master Degree, an average of 25,000 is good enough as monthly income plus consultative services. Doctorate degree holders are expected to receive 40,000 monthly income plus consultative services minus cost of living (to note as well that cost of living of Doctors are higher than ordinary employees).

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you are a soft hearted person, don't enroll in the course. You will not have room there. You will have heartaches after debate when your opponent put mockery on your wrong or illogical researches. Whatever you hear after a debate class, leave your emotion behind. It's nothing. We are opponent in the class, but we are friends afterwards. We joked the most suffocating of it and it is said loudly on someone's face. You must bear it. Your feelings will be trained by those attitudes. It is also good if you plan to take Law Studies and be a Lawyer in the future or be a policeman, or be an administrator or political analyst and consultant. It is also good if you are already a politician.
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J. H.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Laws (slightly different course)
◈ At San Beda College
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: Taking up political science was fun, I became socially aware, abreast with current developments, learned to appreciate the political dynamics in our country. I excelled back in college, graduated with honors and was active in various extra curricular activities.

After college, I took up Law, it was not a walk in the park. I was exposed to my ignorance, that there were still a lot of things that I really do not know. In law school, you have to split hairs, study every night, burn the midnight oil, prepare for recitations everyday.

Skills that I've acquired in my study political science and Law are logical thinking, creative skills, comprehensive analysis, proper grammar. You can't take everything at their face value, I learned to dig dipper, analyze, fully comprehend the facts, pay attention to detail while meeting established deadlines. Also, I appreciated the socratic method in learning, with that method, I got to improve memorization skills and argumentation skills.

list bulletMy current job: Lawyer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Definitely, I've developed logical skills and analytical skills. Solutions to clients problems have to be approached whollistically, from various aspects. with my education, I was able to learn how to address client problems, search for authorities, gather supporting documents, investigate, be coherent. Also, writing and oral advocacy in the law profession is an important tool in supporting a client's cause, the interpersonal/argumentation skills I learned in college and law school helped a lot.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation then bar exam. After the bar exam, I took a three month vacation, and after my vacation I started to look for work, it took me perhaps around two weeks after sending my resume.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Laws: Yes. There are only around 60,000 lawyers in the Philippines, compared to other professions, it is still a small number. Once you're a lawyer you can venture into different professions applying your legal knowledge- business, journalism, marketing, diplomacy, foreign affairs, politics, finance and the like. The salary of a lawyer at first is small, but once it would be better to get the experience first.
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L. M.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At West Visayas State University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: I believe that the most important ingredient for any student to succeed in his or her course is passion for his chosen field. If you love what you do, everything else will just follow.

If your passion leads you to Political Science, it will surely help if things like history, current events, world cultures and study of the law interest you. It's also a bonus if you're into debate or public speaking. Contrary to popular belief, Political Science is not exclusive for geeks and future lawyers. If you balance study and creativity, you will be amazed of what you might become over time as a Political Science graduate. I should know.

list bulletMy current job: I work as Local Government Operations Officer for the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: My job in the DILG requires a lot of interaction, speaking engagements and activities within the legal sphere. So by this time, I can safely say that the things I learned in college were useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I landed on my first job a month after graduation, but it took me a year to finally settle at my current employment.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: Yes I will recommend taking up Political Science for wider employment opportunities, fulfilling an interesting career and if you put on extra hard work, a good salary is not impossible.
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D. F.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: Life in UP PolSci is like a pencil introduced to a sharpener: you twist and turn against the sharpest minds in the Philippines, but you will emerge a useful writing tool in the end.

Challenging is an understatement when describing the UP PolSci curriculum. I was required not just to be literate but also numerate. Mathematics is my Waterloo, and I had to drown myself in solving sample exams for Math 100 (Calculus), but the patience I learned in Math allowed me to analyze statistics with ease when I got into graduate school. Tons of readings will be given, but it will be your chance to enhance your analytical skills and broaden your horizons on many different streams in Political Science. Since Political Science overlaps with many other disciplines to understand the dynamics of power relations in everyday life, you also get to explore double the possibilities and solutions as the number of questions you can come up with. Most courses are held seminar-type with professors facilitating discussions, allowing students to think analytically and creatively. Language skills are also a plus since we use both English and Filipino in our classes and have 12 units of language electives. Most of all, what PolSci really needs from students is an open mind - ready to soak in all the information, insights and lessons that you can learn only from the best professors in the region.

list bulletMy current job: Researcher in Center for Political and Democratic Reform, Inc.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: As a researcher, I definitely am able to apply about 85% of what I have learned in university and graduate school in my job right now. As I analyze data and present recommendations and solutions to whatever problems we have identified, I use research principles, political science theories and my analytical training. We can even consult the books and readings we have used in classes back then. Also, there IV-DV structure taught in my PolSci 199 class could still be applied not only in my work, but also in my day-to-day life as well, since it sheds light on cause-and-effect situations.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: Most of my classmates pursued careers in law, but that is not the only way to go. I would definitely recommend this course to students who would want to pursue a career in research, or even those who aspire to be foreign service officers in the future.

PolSci will teach you not only the information that you need but also the skills you need to acquire information at a fast rate. Training in the department will allow you to adapt to jobs that require research experience, human relations, or even public speaking. Also, PolSci is a good springboard for political careers, as is seen from our notable alumni who are already serving our country.
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J. C.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At University Of Eastern Philippines
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I've been dreaming to become a lawyer.

list bulletAbout my college education: We were trained to be equipped with the analysis of political activities, political thoughts and political behavior through the extensive practice of the theory and politics which is commonly thought of as determining of the distribution of power and resources. Thesis writing is the subject where I can say is the most difficult part of this program. Fortunately, all of us always got a passing score every time we have an examination, examinations here in UEP were scholarly constructed to test the cognitive ability of the student.

list bulletMy current job: I am pursuing my LLB right now and hopefully finish it by next year.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After a month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I would have to say that if your passion is into studying law then you must have to expect that the chances of getting hired in our province after you finish this program is too low. So, might as well, take a civil service and find a job in Manila. There are lots of government agencies where you can be part of.
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M. F.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Father Saturnino Urios University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I was not thinking straight that time, I was forced to change my course from Communication Arts to Political Science because of a misunderstanding between me and an instructor but the good thing is I was save from it.

list bulletAbout my college education: Political Science helped me become aware about my community and my country, it help me to become open minded about a lot of things and people.

The most difficult subject for me is international law, because while we have our own law we still need to learn other country's law and somehow make it inconvenient to us to prevent conflict.

The most useful thing I learned is to exercise your right to suffrage, because yes it can make a difference and to do something for your country and do not just rely it to our politicians, because in order to achieve the perfect state one must know how to be of value to ones community for the greater good.

The traits and value that is essential for this course are one you need to be open minded to accept facts are facts but their are things that can also be done outside it and second is will power to stay true to your convictions.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a training officer at Seaoil Philippines inc., a fuel industry.


list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Others might find this job far from my course, but whenever I am training for corporate heads or a new station personnel, I always incorporate in my way of introducing them the importance of valuing the teachings I learned from my school, my instructors and my course because I wanted to make a difference and by doing so will I share the passion to others

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Immediately after I graduate I was hired by the same school I've studied, as a part time instructor for 3 years.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: Yes, I do recommend it to everybody, the salary is good but I think the most rewarding there is your contribution to your country. If that is what you can get at the end of the day I don't think whether the pay is high or not is of importance.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: See to it that this is what you really love to do and not because you wanted to have something to brag about.

You need to use your heart and your brain for this kind of field for this is a training ground for you to become one with your country and people. This is the higher form of understanding and unless you are considerate and caring then you will have an easy time graduating in the course with flying colors.
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R. M.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: It was near 2010 elections when I enrolled in this course. I was kind of curious about how does the government works that is why I was interested in studying this course. Also, I have chosen Political Science as a pre-course for my Bachelor of Laws and Letters.

list bulletAbout my college education: Basically, Political Science in Saint Louis University mostly tackles, discusses, and understands the "thinking" of the government and how does it works.

Political Science is an exciting course since you will not only know about the government but also you will know ideas that runs behind the concept of the words state and government. There are a lot of things that I have learned in Political Science. One is the political theories and political thinkers of these theories. Political thinkers are not only Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. There are a lot of them. However, given the fact that they are many, some of their ideas also coincide with each other but with little differences. I have also learned not only about politics and government in the Philippines but also in the Southeast Asia; that despite having different types and forms of government, there might still exist complex interdependence among countries. I have also learned about regional and international organizations. The functions, duties, and responsibilities of these organizations to their member countries, etc. There are a lot of things to be learned in this course like political economy, international law, Philippine political thought, Philippines foreign relations, etc.

For me, the most difficult subject is on the Ancient and Medieval Political Theories and Modern Political Philosophies. This is because there are a lot of Philosophers and it would be confusing to tell whose theory is which.

The most useful thing I have learned in Political Science is the Political or Campaign Mapping in the Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Public Opinion subject. As compared to the theories that I have imbibed, political or campaign gave me like an actual view on how to predict if your candidate in an election can win or lose. Also, political or campaign mapping will help your candidate to know where and what is his/her strengths and weaknesses. Practically, you can make money out of good Political or Campaign Mapping.

Moreover, Public Administration and Accountability and Ethics in Public Service gave me thoughts on how to serve the people of our country. Since you may also want to enter the government after studying Political Science, it is important to know the basics of public service. Public service is not public service per se but it also needs the public servant to love what he/she does and that there is a need to have a lot of techniques to please and render best services to the people.

Passing the exams is not that difficult but I tell you, IT IS NOT EASY. Teachers have their own ways on how to give their exams. Some are quite easy but some are deadly. If you want to pass the exams without having a really hard time, be sure to listen to discussions, make sure to take down notes, ask questions that you do not understand and be industrious enough to read your notes even if it is not the exam days.

In my batch, people who failed the exams do not exceed 5. Yes, maybe there are almost 10 to 20 who shifted to another course. But I think they are not sure of Political Science that is why they have chosen to shift to another course that interests them and matches with their abilities and capabilities.

The most important trait and needed attitude in this course is to be industrious and analytic. Like what I have already said, you should know how to read your notes even for once in a while for you to be able to understand the discussion well. Being analytic is also needed for you to be able to sort useful and not useful data and information. However, always remember that "Work without play makes one a dull boy."

list bulletMy current job: I am currently taking my Bachelor of Laws and Letters and I think I need to have full time in my studies.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Well the only piece of advice I can give is that you need to develop your habit of reading if you want to enter Political Science. This is an interesting course and it is more interesting if you are able to communicate with your instructors/professors during the discussions.
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I. F.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Ateneo De Manila University
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I choose this course because my dream is to be a Lawyer. And it's our family Legacy. It is also known as the best pre - law course considering that the fields are much related in Bachelor of Laws.

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying Polscie is really fun but it is also quite hard. But because it's my passion I haven't encountered trouble in studying this. This course requires language proficiency, social awareness, creative writing and of course the most hardest part the Deep Analysis. You need to study your lessons very well and conduct your own research about society and issues In the Government. You always need to be prepared in Class Discussions and of course the most exciting part the Debate/s. Wherein you need to defend your side and make a good argumentation and use your critical thinking on the topic given. Making an argument is quite difficult specially when you have to do your strategies and the sense of your argument. For me my favorite is the Philippine Governance and Taxation because it's our country it's interesting when you will study your country specially the political fields. In political science you really need to focus on your studies particularly in memorizing the laws and articles. You also need patience in reading bunch of articles and books. In this course reading and speaking is the best key. You need to be confident, competent and of course Hard Working in succeeding this course. Just like me I did all what I've say and Im proud to Graduate with High Honors - Magna Cum Laude.

list bulletMy current job: I'm Legal Associate Clerk Director In a Court (I'm not allowed to mention it) and Currently studying Bachelor of Laws in UP Diliman to pursue my dream.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Definitely I am using all the lessons I e learned from my college because I'm still studying Law. And of course In our court.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: During my OJT I took the opportunity to become a permanent employee and because our director considered my High grades and saw my determination after few months after graduation I got the high position.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: If you are a fresh graduate that entered an law firm or government court expect that your salary Php 30,000 - Php 40,000 but if you will get a higher position expect Php 50,000 and up (depends on what position)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you are planning to study this course start enhancing your language proficiency and of course self confidence. Also start reading learning materials about politics and history it would help you a lot. And also study hard because it's better to Graduate with Latin honors because finding a job would be much easier for you or sometimes job will find you.
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P. D.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 1997

list bulletAbout my college education: It was a passion I had in me. I loved debating an idea. I enjoyed so much tapping into ancient philosophy by Greek intellectual giants like Plato, Aristotle, medieval Machiavelli, to chinese great Confucius.

Students of Political Science must possess a keen interest in world history, has an appreciation that events which transpired in each epoch were interconnected, to the extent that each countries developed its own unique culture and civilization yet with varying degrees build a common bond when these different cultures and civilisations met in several occassions in history.

If a student does not possess this kind of appreciation for social sciences, like political science, then the course will be just be a boring litany of famous names in history, dates, events and nothing more.

On the other hand, if a student possesses a keen interest in social sciences, then personalities and figures in history long dead comes to life, and history becomes current events unfolding right before his eyes as he travels back in time and feel the pulse and the beat of how an idea so powerful that it jolted the world; ideas on capitalism, ideas on communism, ideas on socialism, and all other 'isms' that shaped the world history for centuries.

Students of political science pierce the meanings of each major movements in human endeavors as they strive to formulate their own philosophy, their own treatise, just like piecing together pieces of a giant puzzle, with a view to come up with a grand idea, a timeless philosophy on how to make the world we live in a better place for the current and future generations of human race.

This is not a course where you can just simply sit down in one corner and let time pass by. Class participation is a key. Get your ideas heard. Get your thoughts out. The thing I realized during my time at the university, no idea is right or wrong per se. The weight of an idea pretty much depends on how forceful you put it forward, how you put together compelling arguments, that if you are really good at it, you can prove black is white and white is black.

Imagine, how on earth Hitler convinced the German people that Aryan race was superior race and Jews was a sub-human race and going by that argument justified the wholesale act of genocide by sending the Jews all over Europe to the ghettos?

Yes, it can be terrifying. But that was the attraction to it, if you look at it the other way around.

Imagine an idea bourne out of endless discussion in the classroom so powerful that it binds people together inspite of their differences, the teritorial borders cease to exists, that whilst people owe allegiance to their own countries, at the same time they know that they all belong to one human race and they they should pledge allegiance to one another as well. Threat of wars will exist. And forever peace will be achieved.

And this is the promise of political science. Expand your horizons beyond what you can possibly imagine.

list bulletMy current job: I am Information Technology practioner.
I am working as an IT consultant for sotware company based in the UK that sells banking solutions to banks world wide. My job involves a lot of travelling. I have been to approximately twenty countries in different continents. I have met different people. I have experience different cultures and I have seen different civilisations.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The lessons I learned in political science back in university have helped me a lot dealing with different people, and in many ways make me successful at what I do now.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was offered a teaching post in my university right after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I go by one adage, find and do what you love and money will follow later.

If you think Political Science suits you best, in terms of your passion and interest, go for it. There will be twists along the way, it happens to many people like me. But as long as you remain true to your inner being, listen to your inner voice, then things have a way of aligning themselves in your favor. If you perservere and persist to the end, you will be truly successful in your chosen career in the same way that I am now.
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E. F.
◈ Studied BS in Political Science (slightly different course)
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletAbout my college education: I have always been a social science geek that is maybe the reason why I enjoyed studying Political Science so much. Studying POLISCI especially in UP is a lot of emotions and experiences all rolled into one "bongga" course. We were, I think, required to be knowledgeable with a lot of things from writing well, speaking well, arguing well, being very critical at all times (and sometimes cynical) , it even made me a math person for 3 semesters (though I hate Math!) , a linguist for 4 semesters, a statistician for a semester, and a Full Time ISKOLAR PARA SA BAYAN at all times.
Of course we cannot rely on pure intelligence, the sweetest of things are not those you have achieved because you have the innate ability to achieve them but those things you worked hard for though it seemed you that you cannot achieve them at all.

It is not the lessons and lectures that you will remember at the end of the day or when you leave school, sometimes it is not really even anything you learned inside the classroom, it is what skills you acquire that made you last for four years or more, it is the perseverance and diligence that you have managed to develop because of your desire to make good of yourself and the people you care about. Sometimes, it is not the skills that you have with you when you get into college that make you through and that would matter but the things you have learned to do to help you survive that matters most and that will last.

list bulletMy current job: I am not yet working and is still waiting for graduation by April.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I have already asked our POLSCI alumni and found out that aside from being lawyers, POLSCI majors can also find careers in other fields. Jobs that are waiting for POLSC majors are researchers, educators, public servants, diplomats, lawyers (of course) , ambassador, political advisers and of course political scientists studying the dynamics of politics in the country or in the international level.
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M. T.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At University Of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: As a graduate of AB-Political Science from one of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines, I can say that I have received the best education in the field I have chosen. It is both enjoyable and challenging. Enjoyable because politics and everything related to it is what interests me. Also, I am into reading and this is exactly what my course requires- a lot of reading. It is challenging because compared to other courses in the Faculty of Arts which only does quizzes, projects and lectures; our course demands recitations and paper-writing. On top of that is the competition between and among students. This means that each of the student wants to top the class in all our endeavors. I can say that this is something positive instead of negative.

To excel in this course, you must be into reading--a lot of reading because you will be required to read a lot of books and various materials for you to be prepared to answer questions during recitations. Of course logical and analytic skills are also important for recitation purposes. English and writing skills are also required because most of our subjects demands academic paper writing. You must also be good in oral speaking because again, there will be recitations and debates as well.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am a working law student. I work as a paralegal (legal assistant) in one of the big law firms in Manila while studying Law.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes I am using every single thing I have learned from the University. My school have trained me very well to face the real world, not only in my work but also in my graduate studies. The arduous hard work I have to give during my 4 year study was all worth it because I excel in my field. Particularly, my course have taught me excellent analytic and logical skills (especially thinking sharp and fast under extreme pressure) and proficient speaking skills. These I use not only in my work/studies but also in my everyday life.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated in March 2010 and I was already working by April. One of the reasons why I was accepted was because I was a graduate of University of Santo Tomas, which was one of the requirements. Most big time companies require their applicants to be a graduate from the top 4 Universities in the country, and University of Santo Tomas is one of those.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: If you plan to become a lawyer, a politician, legal analyst, or professor, then this course is perfect for you. These are some of the highest paying jobs in the country. You will not only be fulfilled salary-wise but fulfillment will also come from within you because you will be able to utilize everything you have learned from your course especially if you receive education from my school.

In choosing your course, make sure that it really interests you so that studying will not be a burden but rather something fun and enjoyable for you. If you are not happy with what you do or not interested in it then you will not learn much. With respect to choosing your school, always go for the top schools in the Philippines. Secondly, consider the course you have chosen and if that school specializes in that course. Convenience is also a factor but there will always be dormitories and condominiums near the best Universities.
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M. C.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Far Eastern University
◈ Graduated 1994

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying BA Political Science is tough. It involves lots of understanding, analyzing, and reflecting. But if you are passionate about knowing how nations are governed, why democracy matters, how laws are made, when and how politics started, why human rights are significant, how poverty and prosperity happens, what justice is all about, how leaders evolved from kings to presidents, how elections started, why constitutions are important, how wars happen, how peace treaties are made, and how societies can be positively transformed, then the world of Political Science is for you.

It can be a great adventure in exploring how people and societies work. It can ignite a dream in your heart to be a catalyst in making our world a better place. If you want to become a better leader who can influence the nation, study Political Science.

list bulletMy current job: I am presently a life coach (pastor) at the Christian Bible Church of the Philippines, a resource speaker for Diwa Learning Systems, and a leadership mentor (instructor) at the International Graduate School of Leadership.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: My training in FEU prepared me mentally, socially, psychologically, and spiritually to face the world. The wisdom, relationships, and principles I learned made me into the kind of leader I am today.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had my first job one month after my graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I recommend BA Political Science to others if you desire to become a leader in society, a public servant, a lawyer, a professor, a writer, a motivational speaker, a leadership mentor, an organizational consultant, a life coach, especially if you want to make a difference in the world.
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A. C.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout my college education: My first year as a BA Political Science student is a year of exploring and finding a new perspective of my course. I used to see Political Science as the first step in taking up Law but I found out that there's more to it aside from memorizing the constitution and other laws. I was exposed to different areas of the course such as International Relations, Local Governance, and Political Dynamics. What attracted my interest is in the field of local and regional administration. Hence, I decided to focus on this area. Local and regional administration focuses on theories and practices in managing the communities or barangays, municipal, city, and regional governments which I am exposed every day. This enabled me to relate the theories I read in the books vis-a-vis the actual scenario in the community. Sometimes I find it difficult to relate the theoretical principles in real life because there is a big gap or difference from what is actually happening in real life. There is clear evidence that local officials need more training in their application of the said theories into practice.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as an urban planner for a city government office in Metro Manila.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, very useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Two months after graduation

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I would definitely recommend studying Political Science especially for those who intend to work in government offices as it gives the necessary foundation and skills that would enable a person to be of excellence such as research, policy analysis, and public management.
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R. C.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Polytechnic University of the Philippines
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletAbout my college education: It is not an easy course. Especially that all of the time you need to make self study because the professors will just give you the topics that you need to study and when you met, you will be having exams or recitations. But it was during my college life that I was exposed with different activities such as attending Barangay Meetings, Congress Sessions and Senate Meetings. We were even exposed with different government agencies to observed and be part of and that we as Public Administration and Governance graduates became more aware of the events which involves the government and its practices.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working in a call center as customer service representative. Yes, I can say my job is related to the education I had since the job motivates or encourages the principle of talking credibly what you really mean to say for you to gain client's trust or they put you the confidence you can be trusted and reliable to talk for them and with them

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Finding a job after graduation took me not long to have one. I do applied and been in a call center. Its just a month I had my first job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: Well, all I can say is that when I took up Public Administration and Governance, I was informed and become aware of most of all the things about our government. On how did the government function in providing the needs of its constituents and making our country rise up from the morass of poverty and despair. It is when I was informed that being a public official is not an easy job. People are looking at every move you make, but that’s a part of being a public official.
Most of the people, when I told them what my course is, they would say,” What is that?”, that’s why I need to explain that it’s a Political Science major. But even if most of the people I know don’t know what my course is all about, I definitely recommended it, why? Because of the information you will be having once you take up this course. And after you graduate, you would definitely want to be a lawyer afterwards.
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P. J.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Lyceum Of The Philippines University
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I had plans of taking up Law as a post-graduate course and I was advised that AB Political Science offered a pretty good preparation for it.

list bulletMy current job: I have been a newspaper journalist for the past 17 years and yes, studying Political Science was a great help.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I failed to obtain a diploma because of some unsettled fees. However everything I learned in college were put to good use when I landed a job in the media.

I have been writing court stories and articles on corruption in government for years and sifting through piles of worthless materials was part of the job. Without a good foundation from my days in college, I think the work would have been a lot tougher.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Got my first job just weeks after the semester ended but it was as ambient air quality technician for a multinational environment/engineering firm. I believe I was able to sweet talk the people there into hiring me. I got pretty good at it too.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: If you love reading, discoursing and analyzing public policies, political theories and just every other controversial postulation then you should try AB Political Science.

If you enjoy putting forward an idea and defending it tooth-and-nail, this is the course for you.

It does not offer a specific career after graduation but it will prepare you to speak your mind clearly - or to write them with more authority.

As a reporter, rubbing elbows with powerful and famous personalities is an everyday thing. It also gives one opportunities to shape public opinion and expose social injustice.

Other than journalism, Political Science graduates may also consider public relations, business development and marketing jobs for better pay.
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S. A.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Universidad De Manila
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: Being a student who lives in a normal life isn't easy. It requires a good study habit, proper time management, active participation and perseverance to push yourself towards a brighter outlook in life - to have a bigger, brighter future.
Though I didn't finished with a latin award, I know I have made it to the top, I can proudly say that I had contributed good deeds not only to myself, but most of all to my fellow batchmates! Aim high, "ain't no mountain high enough", indeed.

list bulletMy current job: A call center agent

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Learning is not just about books, learning is a continuos process. We learn by the way we live. And what I learned on school, I still uses it as an armor to accomplish every task that I do in my everyday life.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: At least a month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I can say that Political Science is still and would always be an in-demand job. I will continue taking up Law after I have finished saving up some money for my education. To all students ingoing and out-going, never stop dreaming! Never stop learning! Because possibilities are "endless" :) Shine bright Like a Diamond
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M. B.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Miriam College
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout my college education: Political issues fascinates me, maybe that's one of the reasons why I took Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior.

list bulletMy current job: I now work as a Foreign Affairs Research Specialist.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was employed, less than a year after my graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I wouldn't recommend it to impatient people. This field of study requires concentration, patience, communicating skills and of course a hint of interest.
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S. S.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute Of Technology
◈ Graduated 1997

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying Political Science was interesting and full of fun. It was challenging too because we have to study the ancient to present political systems and political behaviors.

To succeed in the course requires diligence, hard work, perseverance and a strong determination.

list bulletMy current job: I am presently a Executive Assistant.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I studied Law after my graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: I recommend that those taking up political science should take up Law also because there is less employment opportunity for Political Science graduate. Almost always, employment opportunity is becoming a teacher or a college instructor.
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H. I.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At West Visayas State University
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: It brought me concrete knowledge in politics and self determination. Politics is the essence of governance. I learned how political system moves throughout our society.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a marketing manager.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: Actually my course is highly recommended. It will teach you different things that are useful in the real world.
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E. A.
◈ Studied AB in Political Science
◈ At City College Of Pasay
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletWhy did I choose Political Science: I wanted to be a lawyer.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned how the government works. The most difficult was Math - statistics. The most enjoyable subject was Pre-Law 1.
I believe everyone passed the exams, so it wasn't that difficult.


list bulletMy current job: Currently working as Service Desk manager

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Math and English subjects were very useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: More or less 6 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Political Science: No I would not recommend unless you are pursuing to become a lawyer.
Salary is 20K-60k.


list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: I have 3 advice:
1. Read
2. Read
3. Read
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