How to become a Policy & Communications Assistant

Entry level / Graduate

Considering a career as a Policy & Communications Assistant?

As a Policy & Communications Assistant, you'll need to always be up to date on the latest current events that affect your organisation. This may involve going to parliament committee meetings and debates, writing policy briefings on key topics, attending conferences and ensuring that you're always forward thinking. It's a fast-paced, yet fascinating position. And the best part? You have total visibility over the positive impacts your organisation can have.

Where can a career as a Policy & Communications Assistant take you?

Policy & Communications Assistant £22,000 1-2 years
Policy & Research Officer £35,300 2-3 years
Policy & Advocacy Manager £34,000 4-5 years

Are you the perfect candidate?

Skills and traits

  • Ideal if research is your thing and you genuinely enjoy getting into new projects
  • Planning, time management and flexibility come naturally to your
  • You aren't afraid to embrace challenge
  • Has an understanding of complex policies and how they can change

Qualifications and experience

  • A degree in relevant fields such as communications
  • Having a post-graduate degree in Policy will definitely help your changes (but isn't a necessity)
  • Experience putting together extensive research (either in previous role or at a graduate level)

Expert tip

Kristiana Wrixon Head of policy at ACEVO

“ I started in advice, as a helpline coordinator/advisor and moved into policy. The main development and learning opportunities I received were by contributing to policy work in the charity I worked for at the time. I later did a part-time Masters by research while staying in work. “

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