17 Jay Stoll

Jay Stoll

Senior Parliamentary Assistant, UK Parliament

BSc International Relations and History, 2013

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

I chose LSE because of its reputation, at the time it was ranked #1 in the country for History. I also chose LSE to be part of an international student body in the best city in the world. Simple, really.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

I made the most of my three years, even staying for an extra year as General Secretary of the Students Union. LSE was a life-changing experience and defined the first steps in my career, I would hope my association with the School continues for many years.

Please describe your career path to date:

Upon completing my term as General Secretary of the SU, I immediately entered a career in policy development and public affairs. Beginning with the Jewish Leadership Council, the confederation of the UK's biggest Jewish charities, I represented the community's key policy concerns to Parliament and City Hall. My work on the General Election for the JLC ultimately led to my current job, working as a Senior Parliamentary Assistant for a Labour MP. Though my JLC experience was important, it was my time at LSESU, with the accompanying media and policy experience, that meant I was well placed to secure the job.

Why did you choose your current job?

Working in Parliament was always something I wanted to do, and the MP I work for is one of the most ambitious and independent Labour MPs in Parliament. It was a no brainer!

Tell us about your current job:

I write speeches, policy briefings, campaigns strategy and provide general advice to support the MP carrying out duties in Parliament and for constituents. To work in Parliament you need to have a firm grasp of the legislative process, but also a natural interest in current affairs. The job itself requires the ability to juggle a huge workload, planning and preparation is key.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

Try and get some experience in Parliament during your summer/Easter breaks at LSE. It is a unique place to work and employers here want those with a natural understanding of how the place works - prior experience, even if it's just a week's work experience, will help you out. Hundreds apply for these jobs, and most have a 2.1 or a 1st, so extra curricular activity will be important. Make sure you use your time at LSE to build your skill set for life beyond the library.

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