Working for an MP – Oscar Polli
Oscar did a Politics in Action placement with the office of Tom Brake MP. He worked on local and national issues and he’s intending to use his experience as a starting point for a future in politics.
With my internship for the Liberal Democrat Tom Brake MP, this year I had the opportunity to live a dream! My activities ranged from understanding and analyzing local casework such as parking problems to the most exciting question about national politics such as the environment, homelessness, pensions, education and specifically Brexit. Depending on the case, I had to liaise with the local council or with different governmental ministries. Moreover, I had the pleasure to campaign, canvass and deliver for and with my Lib Dem Colleagues in Carshalton, town of Tom Brake’s constituency’s office.
Given the wide range of casework I dealt with I managed to develop a high degree of flexibility and adaptability. Moreover, working in an exciting environment such as the British Parliament, in addition to the tense political period we are living such as the Brexit negotiations, definitely helped me deal with the pressure around me without losing the focus. It was also a lesson on how to work with others. Looking retrospectively, as my dream is to have a future in politics, I can happily say that this internship was an amazing starting-point for me as not only I could increase and apply my knowledge, but I also I gained irreplaceable practical skills that will undoubtedly constitute an advantage for me in the future.
As someone who came to the UK for the first time when I was 14, I can particularly advise to believe in yourself, speak up and do not be afraid. If you get the opportunity to undertake this kind of placement, risk it, as for me, working with a Member of Parliament has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I had many fears, doubts and uncertainties but there has always been the opportunity to move on and learn something new. Ultimately, the only regret I have is that I cannot turn the clock back and have this experience all over again!