My experience working as a media officer

Blog post by Rahel Tooze

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.

GCS are now recruiting for Media Officer roles across government. Download the candidate information pack or visit Civil Service Jobs. The deadline for applications is Sunday 4th February, midnight.