I found my way here through the civil service jobs portal. I saw the opportunity there, and then I visited the website for more info. Basically, it grabbed my interest from the start. The recruitment process itself gave me the chance to use the skills I’d learned at university – but I had to apply them to realistic scenarios. It was a good taste of what was to come.
Since joining the learning hasn’t stopped. It’s easy to see why, because the world’s constantly changing and at a faster rate than ever. It means I’m always expanding on my knowledge and picking up new analytical skills.
I think that’s got to be the biggest challenge really, keeping up to speed with new technologies and information, and keeping it all relevant to your job at the same time. You’re not on your own in this though. I was given a buddy to help me, and I’ve mentored others since.
I’ll admit that I thought my enthusiasm might wear off after a while. But it’s been quite a few years now and I still really enjoy what I do. I think a big part of that is the working environment and the people I get to work with every day. They don’t match the stereotypes lots of people associate with the civil service. There’s a wide range of people here, and I’ve made some good friends along the way.