Holly Whitbread

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Government
Job title: Parliamentary Researcher and District Councillor
Subject of study: History & Politics
Year of graduation: 2014
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

UK Parliament

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since graduating from Exeter in 2014, I have completed a Masters of Arts Degree at Kings College London in Contemporary British History. Following this I have worked as a Researcher in Parliament, to both a back bench Member of Parliament and a Minister. I am an elected Conservative District and Town Councillor in Epping Forest. I enjoy writing and I regularly write articles for political blogs and websites. Last year I decided to continue my studies, but in a different area, I am currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Law (part-time).

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I am passionate about politics, at every level.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

During my final year, I completed a politics module about local government. As part of this module I had the wonderful opportunity to shadow the Leader of Devon County Council, Cllr John Hart. This provided me with a insight into the workings of local government and its executive leadership.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study at Exeter because it provided world class academics, whilst also providing a safe yet enjoyable environment to live and study. I was also drawn to Exeter because I knew they attracted many political speakers, from across the political spectrum which I was exposed to.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Whilst at Exeter I completed the Exeter Leader’s Award, this was helpful in advancing both my team work and leadership abilities. Studying my undergraduate also helped to develop my writing style and ability to conduct in-depth research.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

I would encourage current students to seek work experience early on. Whether that be shadowing your local MP, volunteering on a political campaign or finding experience at local or national government.

What are your plans for the future?

I intend to continue my political involvement at all levels. I am passionate about working within local communities to help improve and advance them. I have a strong sense of social justice. I am extremely interest in national policy, particularly in respect to the economy, education, justice, home affairs and, of course, Europe. I am currently studying law and hope to use this qualification in a professional capacity.


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