Policy manager working for a coalition of national charities

About me

Sam T.
Politics, Economics and Philosophy
Politics and Philosophy
BA
Langwith
2008
United Kingdom

About this profile

Policy Programme Manager
Making Every Adult Matter coalition
United Kingdom
Charity and voluntary sector
Small business (0-49 employees)
2014

About the job

What I do

I run a project bringing the voices of people with multiple needs and those who support them into policy debates. I work with people with experience of homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems and contact with the criminal justice system, and the practitioners who support them. I help them to understand the policy process, and to influence politicians and policymakers.

Skills I use and how I developed them

I listen, talk, research, write, and manage a team based across three national charities. Any skills I've developed have been through doing new things.

What I like most

Being in contact with a huge range of people, learning about their experiences and challenging my own ideas and assumptions.

What I like least

Working for a charity means that there are very few everyday tasks that you don't end up doing for yourself.

What surprised me most

How much I still find myself learning.

My career

My career goals when I graduated

I thought I'd like to work in research, was interested in politics and policy, and wanted to do something useful.

My career history

I worked for a university setting up an online learning course, and then for a charity working with local community projects across England. I've also done spells at a local authority and making coffee.

What has helped my career to progress

Working hard, having supportive managers and a bit of good luck.

Courses taken since graduation

An MA in Political Philosophy at York, which was fascinating and helped me get better at seeing all sides of an argument.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Be open-minded, make yourself indispensable, and don't worry too much.

My advice about working in my industry

Accept that you probably won't get your dream job straight away, and be ready for the insecurity of working in a lean and precariously-funded sector.

Contacting me

I'm very happy to answer any questions on the issues that I work on, or indeed working in the charity sector more generally.


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