I knew from when I was younger that I wanted to work for the Home Office as an Immigration Officer. I wanted to join the department because it’s a diverse organisation with a wealth of opportunities that would enable me to constantly develop my career. I also wanted to be part of a successful team which made a difference. I have now been here for 2 and a half years.
I love a challenge and working for the Home Office gives me a challenging but rewarding career. Every day is different, and the majority of work is out of the office working in all different types of weather. On one day I can be on enforcement visits to residential or business premises and the next I could be supporting teams dealing with the small boat arrivals. I also attend police stations for anyone encountered by the Police that are of interest to Immigration.
What I enjoy most about the job is the variety of what I do, the challenges that I may face throughout any shift and how we all come together as a team to meet those challenges.
There are many benefits of being in the Home Office, particularly the development opportunities that are available. I have taken advantage of the numerous development opportunities and am a Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) practitioner and am waiting to become a Mental Health First Aider. The opportunities for flexible working are also a huge benefit as I have a young family.
If you were considering a career in the Home Office, I would say don’t think twice. You will have a rewarding career with the potential to grow and gain numerous new skills. With so many opportunities to develop, it will be a move that you will not regret.