What were you doing before joining Hanover?
Right before I started on the Hanover Internship programme, I was pulling pints at my local in Essex, talking politics with the regulars. Before that I was studying politics in Edinburgh. (One taught me a lot more than the other!) While I have been politically-interested for a long time, I didn’t have any experience working in Parliament, for a political party, or similar. I don’t think you necessarily need this to start a career in Public Affairs and, if anything, having wider experience in the kinds of sectors your clients work in also helps you to understand their issues. Before I started at Hanover, I had worked in energy and third sector consulting, which definitely informs what I do now. If you’re a keen follower of politics, the rest will come.
Sometimes I will be listening into parliamentary sessions, taking part in team brainstorms, working on new business projects, or attending a Women in Public Affairs networking event.
Can you tell us what your average day at Hanover is like?
Like most of the team, I start the day catching up on the overnight political goss with a coffee. I then draft and send out morning monitoring reports for clients, which helps to bring them up to speed on the daily political developments or emerging policy issues. Throughout the day, I will meet with my teammates and clients to progress the ongoing campaigns, policy work, and engagement plans we have. Sometimes I will be listening into parliamentary sessions, taking part in team brainstorms, working on new business projects, or attending a Women in Public Affairs networking event. I also work closely with our team’s pro bono client, Operation Black Vote. No two days are the same because the political world is always changing!
How did you find the interview process?
Interviewing only made me want to work at Hanover more. I felt the interviewers really wanted to get to know me and how to get the best out of me. The process was straightforward and everyone was so approachable throughout.
What is your favourite thing about Hanover?
My team – the Advocacy team – get the balance just right of taking their work, but not themselves, too seriously. A special shout out goes to my personal manager, Jess, who I learn a lot from.
If you had to sum Hanover up in three words, what would you say?
Stimulating, fast-paced, and fun!