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    Hi,

    I've tried unsuccessfully to get tickets for PM's Questions from my MP (hasn't replied in over four weeks...).

    So, I have kind of given up hope in securing work experience with an MP.

    Does anyone have any ideas what I could do work experience/hobby wise to do with Politics that might strengthen my university application, as well as being enjoyable?

    Thanks
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    Politics isn't THAT competitive; I don't know why you'd necessarily need work experience.
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    You can get tickets for PMs Questions?!
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    I don't think experience is that relevant. But if you feel it to be, why don't you try to get into the Commons for a departmental question time, say for Defence.
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    Read read and read some more, Politics is a knowledge based subject, in termsof getting in for uni.

    I wouldn't consider viewing something live I can watch on tv to be work experience either...
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    (Original post by Olivia_Lightbulb)
    You can get tickets for PMs Questions?!
    Yes, the Commons is open to the public, but it is rather competitive. If you want a ticket, speak to your MP.
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    Don't know if this is of any help - but my friend wants to do a Joint Honours in Politics and History. She ended up working for the county council in the 'Governmental and Democratic Services Department', more specifically a political researcher, and she loved it - even wanted to do a gap year as it! Maybe have an ask around there?
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    Have you ever considered being a politian? What would i wanna do that for its full of pricks.
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    Getting a ticket for PM's questions isn't work experience btw. Unless you are going for Oxbridge/Durham/LSE you probably won't need work experience; you will just need to prove that you are passionate about politics in your PS. If you are, just visit or contact your local MP and ask for work experience directly. I don't know what visiting QT's has to do with it really.
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    Write a political blog.
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    (Original post by Snookercraze)
    Yes, the Commons is open to the public, but it is rather competitive. If you want a ticket, speak to your MP.
    So you cannot just turn up there then? :dry:
    That makes it seem like some sort of gameshow ...
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    (Original post by Olivia_Lightbulb)
    So you cannot just turn up there then? :dry:
    That makes it seem like some sort of gameshow ...
    There is limited space, with demand outweighing supply. If you want to turn up in the House when you feel like it, you've got to become a Member of Parliament. :p:
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    (Original post by love.to.love.you.)
    Politics isn't THAT competitive; I don't know why you'd necessarily need work experience.
    At the top universities it can be. In addition, if you’re after a course which guarantees a placement year within either the HoC or European Parliament, then it very much is (Leeds offer these sorts of courses). Also, Nottingham has a very competitive four-year undergraduate Masters course specialising in international relations (you spend your second year abroad).
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    Keep trying with your MP.
    Try your local council office - they have plenty of departments and are often really good with arranging work experience.
    You could try one of your MEPs; even just a chat with them would be something.
    Then you could get involved with some political groups, in their offices, see what kind of lobbying their up to.

    Alternatively, set up a politics newsletter or society at school, or hold a mock election - it doesn't have to be work experience to prove you're interested
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    (Original post by 123banana123)
    Hi,

    I've tried unsuccessfully to get tickets for PM's Questions from my MP (hasn't replied in over four weeks...).

    So, I have kind of given up hope in securing work experience with an MP.

    Does anyone have any ideas what I could do work experience/hobby wise to do with Politics that might strengthen my university application, as well as being enjoyable?

    Thanks
    How about contacting the local party office and seeing if you can offer a hand? This could include leafleting, opening letters, etc. Menial stuff, sure, but work experience nonetheless. Also local parties are always looking for willing help!
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    Have you thought about joining any campaigning organisations? Politics isnt just about parliament, infact id say that plays a very small part of politics, and is more legislative studies than politics. (my uni -Hull- does a politics and legislative studies course)

    Join a campaign organisation like war on want, or palestinian solidarity, unite against facism etc etc...

    Those are just examples, I dont know any campaign groups from the other side of the political spectrum....
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    (Original post by 123banana123)
    Hi,

    I've tried unsuccessfully to get tickets for PM's Questions from my MP (hasn't replied in over four weeks...).

    So, I have kind of given up hope in securing work experience with an MP.

    Does anyone have any ideas what I could do work experience/hobby wise to do with Politics that might strengthen my university application, as well as being enjoyable?

    Thanks
    You know, you don't actually need work experience when applying for Politics.

    I got offers from multiple top Unis without a shred of experience in the field. You'll be learning Political Science- not practical Politics.

    Read widely, throw the books on your Personal Statement. Try and be a tad more adventurous than just Machiavelli and Freakonomics- two evenings' worth of reading do not a strong application make.

    If you must get some experience, why not get in contact with the local section of your party of choice? Volunteer to do some work for them- they'll be glad of it.
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    See if your college or school or whatever it is enters debating competitions? I know it's not work experience but I expect it does make you stand out a bit more. I'm going to do politics and econ at Bristol and I think they say somewhere they like people who have done debating.
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    Start up a debating club in your college. People will probably join to glam up their own personal statements. I'm sure your head of college would like the idea (adding to the colleges extra curriculars). You could enter debating competitions afterwards if you wanted to.
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    Work with the councillor/one of the councillers for your ward. I did that for my work experience and I learned a lot.
 
 
 
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