Kick-start a rewarding career

Published date06 March 2022
Publication titleSunday Sun

Madagascar "I was lucky enough before the pandemic to be part of a team that travelled to Namibia, Madagascar and Tanzania to share how HMRC approaches customs risk. We were presenting to each country and listening to the experiences of their tax authorities. For me it was an amazing opportunity to see how our counterparts work.

experiences opportunity counterparts "I'm also customs race lead in Wales. In the past couple of years I've really centred my attention on ensuring equality of opportunity for colleagues. In Cardiff we've set up mentoring, coaching and sponsorship with help from senior leaders. It's about 20 per cent of my job and it's completely changed my life. I've had a lot of support from others and I thought maybe I can support others."

"My job is just so rewarding" Leon Soyinka Sinden, 19, moved from Bristol to London to start an apprenticeship in PR and communications "I was originally planning to study politics at Newcastle, but one day I decided politics to have a quick browse on the Civil Service apprenticeship website. I'd always wanted to work in government and it seemed such an incredible opportunity. I applied on a bit of a whim and went through the interview rounds, and then did a presentation on why more young people need to get involved in politics - but I never thought I'd get in.

presentation "I get and still 20 per of my studying"

buildings. position, "At first it was a bit of an overwhelming experience, going into these great buildings. You can't believe you're in this position, seeing all these really senior people in this massive government office. It took time to get my head around that, getting off the Tube every day with Big Ben behind me. I'm just a normal person!

"Now I've been working here for three months and it's been great - although it feels like a lot longer because I've learned so much. Being in the centre of the Cabinet Office I get involved in lots of different areas, so I'm in the community and engagement team for the central GCS team, working on internal newsletters as well as helping run the social media channels. I get paid a full-time salary and still spend 20 per cent of my time studying.

newsletters "Before taking the apprenticeship I was worried about not making friends like you do in university. But I am part of a large cohort of apprentices and so have had lots of opportunities to socialise with them.

apprentices "I think about 90 per cent of apprentices go on to get a job. After this I'd...

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