“I’ve had access to join professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, received training to further my design skills and knowledge of how the media operates and there is also the opportunity here to gain further qualifications.”
Why did you choose to pursue a Communications career in DE&S?
I have a background in media and journalism and always wanted to pursue a career in Government communications. So when the chance came around to work in the media team at DE&S I was really pleased. Aside from the role itself, the flexible working arrangements, as well as the good working environment, attracted me to the post.
What does your Communications role entail?
On a day to day basis, I am responsible for handling reactive media enquiries from journalists quickly and efficiently. This means working with people across DE&S and the wider MOD to provide information to the media, whilst ensuring we effectively manage the organisation’s reputation. On the proactive side, I am responsible for arranging and leading on media events for Ministers and DE&S seniors and writing media briefing and press releases to highlight the positive work we are doing at DE&S. I also regularly contribute to Desider magazine.
What are the opportunities to develop and progress within External Communications at DE&S?
There are many opportunities to progress and develop in this role; I’ve had access to join professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), received training to further my design skills and knowledge of how the media operates and there is also the opportunity here to gain further qualifications.
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What do you most enjoy about your job?
My job challenges me and allows me to step outside my comfort zone. It’s really exciting and interesting and I’ve had the chance to do some amazing things, including working on ministerial media events up and down the country, attending air shows and organising the media around the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Abbey Wood! I’m also very fortunate to have a supportive team around me, which makes my job even more enjoyable.
What’s the greatest achievement in Communications to date?
The moment I’m most proud of is the first ministerial media event I led on. I organised an event at Raytheon’s site in North Wales, where the Minister for Defence Procurement announced a support contract for the Sentinel surveillance aircraft. My role involved logistical planning for the event, producing a media briefing pack for the Minister, writing a press release and supporting the Minister with media interviews from outlets including the BBC and ITV. The event was a success and the media coverage that followed was very positive. I’ve gone on to lead and support on a number of events since, but the sense of excitement and achievement of completing my first one, will always be a career highlight for me.
Why would you recommend DE&S to others as a great place to work?
There’s room for progression and personal development, you can gain additional qualifications, enrol on professional development courses and there’s also the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects.
What are the social benefits of working for DE&S?
At DE&S you get access to plenty of schemes, including Defence Discount and CSSC Sports and Leisure, which gives you money off at high street stores, restaurants and cinema tickets, as well as good deals on gym membership and travel. There’s also a good work life balance with flexible working and the option of home working. Find out more about the benefits on offer at DE&S here.