I started my working life within the Civil Service as a Clerical Officer in Jamaica. I moved to the UK to study a degree in Business Administration and worked in the Social Care sector for 10 years. During that time, I was always looking for a change of career, which led to me studying for a Prince2 certification in Project Management and a Masters degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design. Once I achieved my qualifications, I was appointed a Junior Business Analyst in the company I was already working for. I held that role for 2 years before joining the Home Office.
I chose the Home Office out of all the other government departments partly because of the digital experience I would gain, but mainly because I wanted to be a part of a team who are helping keep UK citizens safe.
My day to day work includes understanding the business context of work, liaising with stakeholders across the Home Office and externally to understand and manage their requirements. I also develop and analyse options that will solve business problems, collaborating with other teams as necessary to deliver solutions. It’s basically about using technology to simplify our processes. I particularly enjoy working with teams across the Home Office, learning about what they do and how their work contributes to keeping the UK safe, and knowing that the work I do will have an impact on people’s lives.
There are lots of benefits to working in the Home Office, but for me the key ones are the access to external training, learning from consultants and colleagues who are working to improve our digital space and the opportunity to work on complex and challenging projects that enhance my skills and knowledge.
So, if you are looking for a job or role that is fun, challenging and will have a real impact on people’s lives, then I strongly advise you to apply for a role within the Home Office.