Last Monday we found out what it’s really like to work for an MP courtesy of Rob Dale (@robandale), when he spoke about his new book How to Be A Parliamentary Researcher.
- Is it exciting?
- Is it hard work?
- Do you get to hear all sorts of information you shouldn’t?
- Can you make a difference?
- Is it more like the West Wing, House of Cards or In The Thick of It?
As Rob explains here researchers are the unsung heroes of Westminster ‘parliamentary researchers are required to support and guide their boss through these new pressures, whilst also helping them with the more traditional aspects of the role: speaking in the House of Commons, tabling questions, establishing campaigns, appearing in the media and attending many, many meetings. It is their responsibility to do much of the legwork so that their boss can focus on his or her main job; performing.’
In his talk he offered a whole range of advice from how to write the perfect CV (tailor it), how to get ahead (get campaigning) and how to do the best you can (make friends, get contacts, pay attention!).
To hear it all and our later discussion about Parliament with Rob, the Parly app creator Tony Grew and our own Susan McClaren listen in here http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2015/11/fighting-for-a-place-in-parliament-an-evening-with-robert-dale/