Careers of leaders before politics



March 19, 2022


Elsa Sc S traces the interesting careers of prominent leaders

Donald Trump came out from nowhere to win the US presidency showing that one does not necessarily be a seasoned politician to embark upon a successful political career. Same is the case with president Zelensky of Ukraine who meandered into politics from a rather unlikely field of comedy though he played Ukrainian president in a mock TV show. Imran Khan of Pakistan is another case in point whereby he entered politics at quite late stage before being a star sportsman playing cricket for Pakistani team. These examples show that the political field is wide open and determined individuals can always give it a try. Such change of careers is not looked down upon and in certain political systems it is actually encouraged though the lack of political and administrative experience may prove to be difficult hurdles to overcome as happened with Trump and now is happening with Imran Khan.
Volodymyr Zelensky is the president of the Ukraine. He originally worked in comedy and media entertaining people and actually played the role of president of the Ukraine on the TV show ‘Servant of the People. That became a popular parody.
Angela Merkel was studying quantum physics and was also working as a barmaid. She later remarked that she got an extra 30 pfennig for each sold glass adding to her income.
Jacinda Ardern, the highly visible and acclaimed prime minister of New Zealand originally worked in the UK, as a policy advisor to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Theresa May, the former British prime minister, after finishing university studies worked for the Bank of England.
Emmanuel Macron, the incumbent French president has had a few interesting jobs. For instance, he worked as an editorial assistant and got into banking before politics.
Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president first worked at his father’s furniture workshop, starting when he was just 12.
Scott Morrison is the prime minister of Australia. He got his start as a child actor and appeared in TV commercials and local shows.
Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president originally worked as an army doctor outside of Damascus. He also trained at a hospital in London, where he was described as a geeky I.T. guy.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, as a teenager, old lemonade to earn money. He also played semi-professional soccer before getting into politics.
Justin Trudeau was once a substitute teacher and a snowboard instructor before he ultimately became the prime minister of Canada, following in his father’s footsteps.
Xi Jinping, the Chinese head of state was exiled as a youth and at one point organised labourers while living in a cave, close to the village of Liangjiahe.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia was a celebrated officer with the KGB for 16 years before resigning in 1991.
Moon Jae-in, before becoming president of South Korea he originally served in the military and Special Forces.
Jair Bolsonaro, before becoming the president of Brazil, served in the army. He was described as ambitious and aggressive by his officers. TW

Elsa Sc S is doing her graduation from LUMS & a keen researcher


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