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Career description:

Lobbyists are professional advocates that work to influence political decisions on behalf of individuals and organizations. This advocacy could lead to the proposal of new legislation, or the amendment of existing laws and regulations. However, a lobbyist is prohibited from paying a politician to secure his or her vote on these matters.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Sway decisions of politicians for personal or other benefit
  • Providing politicians with information and statistics to help them sway in one direction or another
  • Help a politician draft legislation
  • Understand the policy initiatives of regional, federal, and international governing agencies in order to come up with strategies that display the interests of the organization they represent
  • Convince others to vote on public policy in favour of their clients’ interests

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Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications Specialist, Media Relations Specialist, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Information Officer, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations Coordinator (PR Coordinator), Public Relations Specialist (PR Specialist)