Alumni Success Stories
Class of 2016If I had tried to break out into GR or anything communications related, I would have had a much harder time entering the work force. I was lucky enough to land my first interview at the Ontario Energy Board in their Consumer Engagement and Policy department and I wouldn’t have been able to experience that and start my career off in such a rewarding role if I had not chosen to apply for GR the year before.
Class of 2014Enrolling into the Government Relations Program at Seneca College was one of the best decisions of my life. Having always had an interest in politics and the role government plays in our day to day lives, I was immediately interested upon learning about the program as it was the first of its kind being offered across the country. Not only did it provide me with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed within the government relations industry but it allowed me to forge many meaningful relationships with experienced faculty and industry professionals.
Class of 2016The Government Relations program really helped me with my own campaigning. I recently experienced being my own campaign manager when I ran for School Trustee in Mississauga. A lot of the stuff I learned in my classes helped improve my own campaign and I got the opportunity to gain the skills that are very much necessary when running for political office. One of the courses I had in the program was called ‘Campaigns’ and a lot of what we did was campaigns. We had one topic or issue that we focused on and created a whole strategic communications plan around it. We did all the necessary steps that a government relations professional would need to do.
What is Government Relations?
Government Relations is a focused and organized activity by an individual, organization, association, or corporation aimed specifically at advancing and protecting the public policy interests of that individual, organization, association, or corporation. Government relations professionals establish long-term relationships with governments and policymakers, while coordinating and supporting their organization’s efforts to shape public policy and regulatory issues.
In the media, and among the general population, government relations is lobbying, and lobbying is government relations. In fact, while all lobbying is government relations, not all government relations is lobbying. GR professionals provide strategic advice, policy analysis, campaign design and management, and other supports for their organizations/clients.