This means that as a policy officer, I have been involved in a wide range of projects and areas of work – and it’s this variety that I really enjoy.
As well as developing and implementing strategy and policy for the council, I have contributed to a variety of team priorities including the development of annual reports and corporate plans, monitoring national social political and economic developments, providing briefings to elected members and senior officers, working with the community to co-design new activity, preparing for and facilitating corporate inspections, carrying out consultation, attending a wide range of meetings and forums and working with local and national partners from a variety of sectors to develop shared work.
Being a policy officer is not without its challenges. Working as part of a team that develops and implements change often involves influencing, challenging and changing mindsets and behaviours over time, and this isn’t always easy. However, the sense of achievement when we see things progress more than makes up for this. Teamwork is key to being a successful policy officer and I often draw on the skills, expertise and support of colleagues. Luckily the team is friendly, supportive and rich in skills and knowledge so there are always opportunities to learn and develop new skills.
More generally, the council is a great employer. A range of family friendly policies and initiatives, practical support and advice on a variety of issues, as well as generous annual leave entitlement that increases over time, has made it much easier to juggle the demands of family and work life.