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How to get into government relations and/or policy jobs?

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PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 00:06:52

I'd love to be involved in government relations and/or policy jobs as a career.

I'm just wondering what sort of entry-level jobs I should focus on in order to build a career in government relations or policy?

I'm currently volunteering with Citizens Advice, and also tutor part-time at the moment. Got a degree in Languages.

Thanks smile

PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 10:27:55

Bumping smile already looking regularly on websites like Charity Kib and W4MP Jobs, which seem like good places for these kinds of jobs smile

PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 12:49:31

Hopeful bump smile

PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 15:34:57

Anyone? smile

Nettletheelf Tue 05-Dec-17 15:57:15

By ‘government relations’, do you mean communications?

I have worked in the civil service, not any more thank God, but the policy people I met had usually come in as graduate entrants and chosen to specialise in that area. Not many people joined that discipline externally from non-public sector policy roles. Policy can be quite cerebral compared to other roles and the people working in that area tended to fit a certain mould: serious, and took themselves very seriously.

Comms was/is easier to break into, because people from non-public sector backgrounds were considered. If that is what you are interested in, look for entry level corporate or (similar but less useful) internal comms roles.

HappyVan Tue 05-Dec-17 15:59:21

Civil service apprentiship scheme perhaps?

Bombardier25966 Tue 05-Dec-17 16:02:16

Any reason why you've not applied for the Fast Stream?

An apprenticeship would not be appropriate given that you already have a degree.

turkeyboots Tue 05-Dec-17 16:08:56

Loads of people come in to Government from industry and all sorts of other sectors.

And lots of jobs here - www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi

GreenBook Tue 05-Dec-17 16:38:16

Look for a policy EO (or HEO, if you've got some relevant experience) role on the Civil Service Jobs, and apply.

Millybingbong Tue 05-Dec-17 16:39:33

do you mean outside of the civil service?

PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 17:28:34

Thanks everyone smile

I'd be interested in policy jobs both in and outside the Civil Service. E.g. policy jobs in charities.

For government relations, I mean roles with private sector/public sector organisations and charities that influence Parliament and improve government policy.

For instance, I saw a
Policy Officer job with Teach First advertised earlier this month, but didn't go for it as I don't have relevant experience. Does anyone have any tips on what would be the best way of getting into this sort of job?

Bombardier I did apply for the Fast Stream earlier this year, but didn't get past the Etray exercise unfortunately.

Labyrinthian Tue 05-Dec-17 18:54:50

CharityJobs is quite good, weekly job listing. I started my grad job in consulting but working on government contracts so got policy experience drafting papers that way (I failed FastStream). If you are only starting out look at every grad scheme going. I had a v good local government job and lots of our junior policy staff were brought in on temp contracts - have to chat to temp agencies and see which one in your area has a contract with your local government body? Once you get a foot in the door you can apply for internal role - I know policy staff in DEFRA/ Treasury and Decc that all started on temp contracts through agency. Think about other agencies too - Often has some great roles, and policy skills are V transferable.

Citizen Advice experience is great on CV - maybe look into advocacy roles with charities? It's a great way in.

And in terms of skill set look at making sure you have sharp numerical and analytical skills, project management and excellent written, notetaking skills - lots of which you can learn from online courses.

Labyrinthian Tue 05-Dec-17 18:56:34

Can't edit my previous post - but it said Ofgem, not often! Regulatory bodies like that generally can be great for getting policy experience.

PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 22:32:21

Thanks Labyrinthian smile

OrlandaFuriosa Tue 05-Dec-17 22:35:24

Fast stream pretty tricky. Go for an EO or HEO job and apply from the inside. Many do, successfully.

PamplemousseRouge Tue 05-Dec-17 22:51:37

Thanks Orlanda smile

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