Careers

HS2 Engagement Adviser

Is an HS2 Engagement Adviser career right for me?

Do you want to make a difference to the opportunities available to communities across the country? Do you want to make sure people have their say in the creation of the transport system of the future?

If the answer is yes, that’s a good start! But more than this, you need to be:

  • A confident communicator. Can you present to large audiences of strangers?
  • A good listener. Can you keep your cool while listening to lots of different opinions all at the same time? Not everyone will be impressed by the project and its impact on the local area, and you will need to take their concerns into account.
  • A great planner. Can you organise your own workload and work independently? This sort of work might suit you.

Advantages and disadvantages of being a HS2 Engagement Adviser

Perks:

  • Getting to meet local MPs and other important figures who have an interest in the project
  • A real sense of achievement by being involved in a major transport project, helping create the railway of the future.

Challenges:

  • Working outside normal office hours – public events often take place during the evening or at weekends.
  • Dealing constructively with people who are unhappy about the project.

Useful skills and entry qualifications

Useful skills include:

  • Being able to engage with different communities and people who care about the project.
  • Ability to deal with change and stay calm in difficult situations.
  • Ability to work on your own, planning and prioritising your work.
  • Strong attention to detail.

What qualifications do you need to be an HS2 Engagement Adviser?

If you’re still at school, it’s a good sign if you’re interested in politics, geography, sociology, media studies or English. It is not essential to have a degree, but useful qualifications beyond GCSE and A-level could include those related to:

  • Public policy
  • Sociology
  • Media studies
  • Business studies

What is the workplace of an HS2 Engagement Adviser like?

As they work with local communities, many engagement advisers are home-based – they have a desk and laptop at home and use a mobile for phone calls. Advisers may also need to work out of regional offices occasionally – for example in Birmingham and London – to meet colleagues. It’s all about flexibility, as are the working hours, which can extend to weekends and evenings.

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