Paul Smith

Paul SmithSubject of study: BA History with Politics
Year of graduation: 2008
Current position: Public Affairs Manager, RSPCA Cymru

What are you doing now?

I am the Public Affairs Manager for RSPCA Cymru lobbying the Welsh Government, Welsh Assembly Members, local authorities and other stakeholders to improve animal welfare in Wales.

What did you find most valuable about your course at Westminster? How did the skills you learnt during your degree help you to shape your career?

Westminster's location was my main reason for going so that I could maximise my learning with internships and voluntary work in my chosen sector.

What was the best thing about being a student in London?

Coming from a rural background meeting people from across the world and exploring everything our city has to offer.

What extra-curricular activities did you participate in that enhanced your time at the University?

During my MA at Westminster I was also working as a Duty Manager for the ULU sports centre, Energybase, (now Student Central) and setting up the London branch of an international peace organisation called CISV. I also played jazz occasionally with UCL (as I was formerly a student and actively involved in their musical activities).

What advice would you give to someone thinking for pursuing a similar career?

Get a job outside of politics beforehand.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Area Campaign Director, Conservative Party, fighting the 2015 and 2010 General Elections in marginal seats.