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How to become a Lobbyist?

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Answered February 26 2021
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Most Lobbyists begin their career by becoming interested in a specific sector that they want to Lobby for. There are many kinds of Lobbying roles that will vary from education to global pandemics. Lobbyists generally pursue their education in fields that are related to their specific Lobbying interests, or broader subjects that touch on the subject of Lobbying such as political science, law, communications or economics. Although many Lobbyists hold bachelor’s degrees, not all of them do. 
A key component in Lobbying is about having your voice heard and influencing the right people to change the legislature about your cause. It is important for aspiring Lobbyists to gain exposure to the right people so they can become successful in their career. One way of doing this is by completing an internship and learning more about the career itself. Other ways to gain exposure is to become involved with local issues and making contact with the people involved. Relationship building will help any Lobbyist enhance their likelihood of success, whether it is with the policymakers or with the general public. 
In order for a Lobbyist to become employed they must be hired by their clients or work independently. Every Lobbyist is required to register in their state, it is important to pay close attention to what is required in each geographical location because the rules vary nationwide. Once employed and registered a Lobbyist can launch their career. 
Things to know before becoming a ­ Lobbyist: 
  • In the United States all Lobbyists are required to register with their state. Each state has different laws surrounding Lobbying so it is important to acknowledge and understand these before beginning to Lobby. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has the details about every state here
  • Being a strong communicator is an essential part of being a Lobbyist. Many roles in the job involve speaking to people and educating them on your cause, so it is important to be a comfortable reaching out to your networks, public speaking and being able to persuade others. 
  • Most Lobbyists will specialize in one industry. It is beneficial to become an expert in an industry and work your way p in it by familiarizing yourself with existing laws, important figures and other information that will help benefit your Lobbying practice. 
  • Networking is an important part of Lobbying. Making the right connections will help Lobbyists reach their goals, and having exposure to the right people will help Lobbyists land their positions. Being exposed to the legislative process is an important advantage for new Lobbyists, and internships are can be very beneficial.