I’ve been thinking about the skills I need for my next job.
My position is this: I like my job at the moment, but it doesn’t give me everything I think I might need in my future career. I’d like to run a small charity, and while I have heaps of management experience, lobbying experience, and parliamentary experience, my knowledge about campaigns is a little slim. Many charities have a campaigning element, especially if they also lobby politicians. So, I’d like to a) find out more, b) get some experience I can put on my CV, and c) help someone else out by being a spare pair of hands. When I do go for a charity management job, I’d like to be able to say that I’ve helped a few campaigning organisations with particular campaigns.
In return, what I can offer is knowledge about parliamentary lobbying, particularly of Conservative and Liberal Democrats. I’ve been running workshops ranging from a day (everything including what a Bill is) to a couple of hours (how to go about contacting particular MPs). I’ve done these at the UK Feminista summer schools and through the Women’s Resource Centre, and I’m running a weekend course at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre at the end of 2013.
If you’re a small charity which could benefit from a few days of my parliamentary and management experience, in return for giving me campaign experience, please let me know.