How time flies eh? It’s been an absolutely fantastic couple of weeks doing work experience with Nic Dakin MP’s Parliamentary office in Westminster – I can’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity!
Everyone in the Scunthorpe Constituency office was brilliant in helping sort out all the logistics with me heading down to London, and Lawrence has been brilliant in showing me the ropes as to how the whole parliamentary system works, and what staff do on a day-to-day basis throughout the year.
Despite it being Parliamentary Recess – it’s been great to be at the hub of activity, and getting out of my comfort zone whilst helping out with the offices’ duties. From stuffing envelopes that are to be sent to constituents, getting a tour of the local area, researching the impact of government policy, writing briefing notes, inputting data into internal systems to general admin tasks as and when required – every day has been really busy.
Most MPs are away, although it’s still been good to see all off the staff hard at work, and all the tourists enjoying the fabulous history; from William The Conqueror to World War Two – there’s been plenty to take in. The research was that successful, I now feel I know all there is to know about pensions! Even if I may not get one for another 50 years…
I’ve previously helped out Nic Dakin MP’s old constituency office in the town centre, and having grown up just round the corner – it’s great to see all the casework and policy work that Members of Parliament do on their constituents’ behalf, especially the stuff that often goes un-noticed on a daily basis.
Having just finished my Law degree at The University of Sheffield, it’s great to have moved back home – so the very kind offer of work experience has come just at the right time for myself, able to put really great experience on my CV. As a new graduate, one of the many hoards looking for employment now my studies have finished, being able to do practical experience of political, admin, and office-based work should stand me in really good stead. I’d definitely recommend people getting as much voluntary work and work experience as they possibly can.
You might also see my article about the government’s new pension changes on the website as well as my blog of my time here – which is a great way of being able to be a great example to others. It has been a particularly fascinating time given the on-going Labour Leadership race – which will shape significant amount of what shadow ministers and Labour MPs do on a day to day basis.
They have even very kindly offered me to return in October, when Parliament will once more be sitting – which will involve the MPs once more involved in debates, and with a new party leader helping setting the agenda.
If anyone has any questions – don’t hesitate to drop me a line on social media or in person. And thanks to everyone for having me!