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2019 general election as a job festival for the unemployed youth
To understand, analyse and interpret the role of elections in the Indian democracy, we have to research the opportunities including jobs and trade in this great festival of its own kind in 2019 Indian general election scheduled to be held in 7 phases from 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha with new Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, speaker, deputy speaker, leader of opposition and many more from 'santri to mantri' including private secretaries and OSDs.

Although democracy in Indian context is weakness with all its flaws including low voting rate, war of words among candidates of the political parties, yet there are some strengths which must be known to the populace at large including voters and unemployed youth for jobs.

To my mind elections fall in the domain of event management with lots of job opportunities (adhoc, temporary and contractual) ensuring the victory of some and failures of many to conduct post-mortem in the post-election situations needing experts who are paid and sometimes free also who can be termed as disguisedly employed in the terminology of an economist.

The election related marketing job requires professionals who can convince politicians regarding election related campaign material which will be very much useful for them in the coming elections. There are companies which will do pre-poll election surveys, publicity material like booklets, magazines and video films to send through WhatsApp, Facebook, twitter etc. The customers of these companies are the candidates who will contest in the elections irrespective of parties. The candidates for this kind of job should be active, smart and able to convince the politicians.  This kind of job may  interesting as well as challenging with many opportunities to gain experience and develop relationships which can be useful for all times to come. Those who are vexed with doing so called marketing jobs, can join these companies and start interesting and innovative career with them.  It is believed that the success rate will be very high with compare to marketing of other products.

The educated job seekers should note that the Election Campaign Management Internship (ECMI) in multiple locations are also available.  The political consultancy and strategy making companies are in place to provide services to many politicians of India. There are some start-ups' that are making web product and developing web series in the same field. About the internship: Selected intern's day-to-day responsibilities including provide mobilization support for assembly elections in a constituency, manage field programs including, but not limited to, member mobilization, voter contact, and get-out-the-vote activities in assigned campaigns, develop campaign plans with appropriate goals and benchmarks, develop relationships and work with allies, including various communities, progressive groups, candidates and parties to build progressive strength, assess and track programs for  field operations, providing reports and analysing data as required, promote and implement the social media promotion program, conduct political training workshops in political motivation, campaign activities etc.

The elections workers in all political parties provide temporary elections support prior to, during, and after election cycles on a part time or full time basis. Duties are varied and may include researching voter information, assisting the public with the election process, performing various clerical tasks such as sorting and processing ballots, assembling election material and polling place supplies, performing data entry, operating computer terminals, providing technical support for polling place equipment, driving and making deliveries, or assisting with ballot tabulation. The candidates hire manpower for advertisements for all dimensions including door to door and outdoor advertising. I know one newspaper which is registered but seen only during elections and the special issue stand paid by the candidates in fray.

The elections department is a very important that requires employees in many different areas to deal with how elections are conducted and processed. Become an elections specialist, elections coordinator, or elections clerk to make sure each election runs efficiently, smoothly, and most important, accurately. There are so many different kinds of in-demand and diverse careers you can have in the field of elections.

There are job opportunities for advocates in post-election scenario to file writ petitions in the court for all with all kinds of allegations including fake voting. Let the job seekers learn to avail the opportunities available during elections in 2019 elections. Constituency Management System (CMS) needs to be understood by the job seekers for motivating the candidates who are perusing politics as a career to nurse their respective constituencies as their mother in democracy.

*The writer is Vice-Chancellor, Jagan Nath University, Jaipur. The views are personal.

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