Growing up, I knew I wanted to do something law related, so after leaving school, I studied for an Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services whilst working. I joined Border Force as an Apprentice in February 2021 as I felt they would give me a versatile working experience, separating it from other jobs where you are expected to do the same thing day in and day out.
My day to day work varies depending on whether I’m at the local port or airport. At the airport I could be stopping passengers and asking about their journey and their baggage, whilst at the port I could be examining consignments that arrive on vessels. On top of this, I am on an apprenticeship scheme which allows me the time and opportunity to learn about Border Force’s history and the latest rules and regulations.
What I enjoy the most about my job is the fact that I work with a team that offers support and guidance in everything I do. This means that the overall work environment is friendly, and this helps us work together as a cohesive unit. You’re never working alone as well and there’s always someone with extensive knowledge to support you should you get stuck. There are also fast-track schemes, cross-government transfers, reward and recognition programmes and the Civil Service pension.
I would highly recommend working in Border Force. It will grant you access to numerous opportunities, versatile working schedules and tasks that will keep you learning and adapting to new situations every day.