What are your main weekly tasks?
I attend a lot of meetings where my task is to take notes or present on a topic I had researched. The rest of my time is spent researching topics my bosses want information on. Our office receives parliamentary questions, freedom of information requests and requests for assistance from other units in the department.
What skills do you need to be successful?
Communication, first and foremost. You need to keep yourself organised and motivated. Set yourself goals and take the opportunity to develop yourself.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I like being on the inside of the news. You get to say “I knew about that before it happened.”
Do you have any advice for students?
I wish I had done more debating and presentation, it really stands to you in your career.