Jay Stoll

BSc International Relations and History, 2013
Senior Parliamentary Assistant, UK Parliament

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.

After completing your role as General Secretary, where did your career path lead you?

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!

What does your current role involve, and what skills or knowledge does it require?

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.

A picture of Jay Stoll surrounded by the Queen's guard