With so much talk of Government departments and businesses moving outside SW1, it is time public affairs followed suit. It should not be the case that you have to move to London to have a career in public affairs. Public Affairs needs to be open to young people everyone inside and outside the Westminster bubble, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic background. The NextGen of Public Affairs is now.
I have been elected to the NextGen Committee table to bring a new perspective and a strong regional voice. I want to be one of the voices banging the drum and advocating for PA as an exciting career path for those already interested, as well as reaching out to those who may not even know PA exists as a professional career. I certainly didn’t when I left university!
Given the prevailing uncertainty and a volatile job market due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the next generation of public affairs of professionals will need greater investment in the development of their professional and personal skills. As we continue to work remotely, I believe there’s a real opportunity for the NextGen Committee to strengthen its digital platform and engage virtually to support new practitioners to grow their confidence and build their networks.
We are currently testing the waters by running a quick poll to understand what sort of events you want us to run in the coming months, join in and vote via Twitter here. Also, make sure to sign up for our newsletter by emailing email@example.com.
About The NextGen Public Affairs Group
The NextGen Public Affairs Group (NextGen PA) was established in 2010 as the Young Consultants’ Committee and represents practitioners with fewer than 10 years of experience in the industry. Historically, the Group has represented political consultants, but we also welcome inhouse professionals.
The primary focus of NextGen PA is to provide support, a network and a voice for new practitioners. We organise a wide range of events, well-attended by public affairs professionals of all age ranges, from Public Affairs Board members and beyond. These include panel discussions, networking opportunities and the highly competitive annual Christmas quiz. If there are any events you would like to see us put on, do get in touch.
The NextGen PA Committee Chair sits on the Public Affairs Board Executive Committee, speaking on behalf of the Group and those it represents. We contribute to how new practitioners can engage with the wider work of the Public Affairs Board, but also work with the PAB to see how it can best support those starting out in their public affairs careers. NextGen PA also supports the running of PAB training sessions for practitioners, both in person and online.