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Simon Butler

butlerBA Politics with International Studies 2008

Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Sport and Recreation Alliance

The subjects I studied during my time at PAIS had a direct impact on my career path after graduation. After taking a history module called ‘The Dragon’s Ascent’ in the first year, I continued the theme in year two with the 'Political Economy of China' module and wrote my final year dissertation on the emergence of the People’s Republic on the international stage. Fortunately, I was able to apply what I learned about this fascinating country; my first job was as coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary China Group, which took me to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Tibet.

After two years working closely with MPs, the Foreign Office and the Chinese Embassy in London to develop UK-China bilateral relations, I opted for a change of scenery and started working as Parliamentary Officer for the Sport and Recreation Alliance in the exciting period ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. During the first five years of my career I’ve been lucky to have a front row seat for some key political events, and have gained an insight into the inner workings of Westminster.

In applying for the roles I’ve had, there is no doubt that having a respected university like Warwick on my CV is very helpful. However, it’s the experiences outside of the degree course that have helped give me the upper hand over other candidates. For example, I was fortunate to have the chance to be part of the team responsible for the first ever Warwick International Development Summit (WIDS), which was a valuable and ultimately very satisfying experience. It’s great to see that it is still going strong today.