I spent nine years as a primary school teacher, before joining the Civil Service. I moved to the Home Office as I wanted to work on policy that is people-focused. Having worked in schools, I had an interest in child protection and safeguarding so was looking for roles that would build on this knowledge and experience. A role came up in the Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Unit, which was a great fit for me.
My day to day is really varied and includes regular meetings with colleagues in my unit, the wider department, across government and with stakeholders. There are also opportunities to engage with senior colleagues and Ministers, drafting information notes and advice and providing oral briefings. I really enjoy working in such a fast-paced and political environment.
What’s great about the Home Office is that you get to work on policy that has a direct impact on people’s lives, and you get the feeling that the work you do is making a difference. There are also a wide range of networks and groups making a positive impact on working conditions across the department as well as lots of learning and development opportunities. All in all, I’d say the Home Office is a great place to develop in your career and a great opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.