Friday 2 February 2018
Working at the heart of government during these transformational events has been challenging and fascinating in equal measure. I feel motivated by getting to work on the issues and policies that are most important to people
Before I joined the Home Office media office two years ago, I spent several years working in public relations agencies and in-house at a local government press office. Having studied politics and international relations at university, I’ve always had a keen interest in current affairs. My previous jobs gave me plenty of experience in proactive media, stakeholder engagement and digital and creative skills. I was keen however to hone my reactive media handling and work on more high profile stories.
I applied to the GCS because it was an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of the action, communicating about policies that regularly attract front page headlines. Since I started working in government, the country voted to exit the EU, we’ve had a new Home Secretary, a new Prime Minister and, unfortunately in recent months, the country was rocked by a series of terror attacks. Working at the heart of government during these transformational events has been challenging and fascinating in equal measure. I feel motivated by getting to work on the issues and policies that are most important to people.
I have benefited from valuable learning and development opportunities as well as support from senior staff which has helped me improve and become a more well-rounded media officer. During my time here, I have worked on the Immigration Desk, covering high profile stories, and most recently I worked on promoting the Government’s counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent.
I have recently been offered a temporary promotion to manage the newsdesk, giving me a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills on one of the busiest and most exciting desks in the media office.