|Senior Parliamentary Advisor|
|Charity and voluntary sector / Politics and public affairs|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Senior Parliamentary Advisor in the United Kingdom
Senior Parliamentary Advisor at the RSPCA
What I do
Manage relationships between the RSPCA and politicians, including MPs, Peers and local government.
Skills I use and how I developed them
This role is all about communication and building relationships. The workload is incredibly varied and busy so you need to be organised as well.
What I like most
The variety, and working for a cause.
What I like least
The bureaucracy of working in such a big organisation.
What surprised me most
Just how many issues you have to become an expert on. And how quickly!
My career goals when I graduated
I had none!
My career history
I've worked for a political party in two different roles (campaigns and membership) before moving to the RSPCA in a campaigns role and eventually ending up in public affairs.
What has helped my career to progress
Experience, experience, experience. And the fact that the jobs I've had have all had really broad skill set.
Courses taken since graduation
Lots on campaigns, digital skills and influencing.
My advice to students considering work
Don't be disheartened by rejections - they're inevitable but the right job is out there!
My advice about working in my industry
It's hard, it's poorly paid and it can be stressful/upsetting at times but if you love the cause then you'll love it.
Quite happy to answer any questions from anyone looking to get into the political or charity sectors, or non-profits more generally.
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