A Public Affairs Consultant or lobbyist will provide clients with political and public policy advice that they have gained via personal contacts, political intelligence and through different sources of media. They will design, write and produce press releases and other reports, organise meetings, attend party conferences and other events and offer strategic advice to their clients.
To get into this role you will usually need a degree, relevant subjects include:
- Public relations
- Public administration
- Social policy or business management
Entry with an HND only is possible but the profession is very competitive.
For your degree you will usually need
- 3 A Levels or equivalent
Experience around politics and communications, along with personal qualities are extremely important. Voluntary work or an internship working for an MP or peer would be beneficial. Involvement in student politics or being a member of a student union would also help.
Although a postgraduate qualification isn't essential, some entrants will have a Masters Degree in a subject related to politics or public affairs.
- Excellent research skills
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- A strong interest in politics and policy issues
- The ability analyse and summarise material
- Good interpersonal skills
- Excellent listening skills
- Able to give an impartial view
£18,000 to £100,000