I joined the Home Office from another department in 2012 because I was aware of their work and felt comfortable knowing that the department’s values mirrored my own. The time has flown by!
I support the learning and development requirements of others, so my days are varied. Some days are spent investigating new course content and overseeing the logistics of course bookings, whereas others are spent speaking to colleagues to gain a solid understanding of how we can support their professional development.
I left school following my A-levels, not really knowing what I wanted to do. I worked in the private sector for a retail bank until I joined the Civil Service in 2009. I joined the Home Office when I moved back to the north east from London and instantly felt at home. I applied via the Civil Service jobs website and within a few short months I was starting my new job as an Executive Officer within a finance team.
As a working mum of two young children, the flexible working offered by the Home Office allows me the perfect work/life balance – it’s a lifesaver for me and my family. I have always felt that my development aspirations are supported and the coaching I receive from both my line manager and mentor are a huge benefit to my career. Staff wellbeing is at the heart of how we operate and I love feeling like part of a community.
If you’re thinking about working in the Home Office, then go for it! The variety of roles and professional communities available within the Home Office means you can have a long, varied and successful career without ever having to go elsewhere!