Think that Politics isn’t important – think again!
As you may have seen on TV and advertised around your local area, we have a UK General Election coming up on 8th June to decide which political party is going to run the country for the next 4/5 years. All of this may seem a little boring to you (particularly if you are not yet old enough to vote!) but politics has an impact on every aspect of your life, including:
- The Environment
- Public Transport
- TV (both the BBC and Channel 4 are owned by the government)
- Food and Drink (prices)
- Shopping (prices)
Politics also affects things that haven’t even happened yet, in particular your future career! If one political party decides to cut back on funding for particular courses or invests less money into a particular industry, it may mean that it is harder for you to get a job in this area in the future, so it is always worth being aware of what is happening in the world of politics!
Even if you cannot vote in this year’s General Election, you can still start thinking about what is happening in the UK and which political party might have your support for the future – REMEMBER – The last General Election was only two years ago, so if you are soon to be 18 you may get a chance to vote sooner than you think!
If you want to find out more about how politics affects your everyday life and what a careers in politics might be like, check out these websites for more information:
Every Vote Counts (how politics affects you): https://www.everyvotecounts.org.uk/how-politics-affects-you/
I Side With (quiz to find out what political parties you agree or disagree with): https://uk.isidewith.com/political-quiz
How to Break into a Career in Politics: https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/jan/09/how-to-break-into-a-career-in-politics
What jobs are there in Politics?: https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/politics.htm
How does a young person get involved in Politics?: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/beth-prescott/young-people-politics_b_7834018.html