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London - the vibrant heart of the United Kingdom - will host our first event in 2019. We’re always so happy to return to this ever growing city! This year, one of the exhibitors that join us for our upcoming London job fair is Department for Work and Pension - the UK’s largest government department. We’re so excited about them coming over and we’d love you to check out our interview with them!
But before we dig in - remember you can already book your free job seeker ticket for the event here. Don’t miss out!
Who are the creators of your brand? What do they do in life, what are they passionate about
The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) is the UK’s largest government department. Working in DWP Digital offers employees the opportunity to make a real difference to society and to real people’s lives. With innovation and creativity at the core of our culture, we’re transforming the services to make them simpler, clearer and faster to use for over 20 million customers.
What's the story behind the creation of your company? What inspired you to start your business?
At DWP Digital we design and develop digital services that almost everyone in the UK relies on at some point in their lives. Using the latest tools and technologies, we’re reimagining our users’ experiences.
What's your current view on the market you work in? What makes you feel like your brand stands out?
Recruiting for digital roles in government definitely has its challenges, not least because of the outdated preconceptions of working in the Civil Service. In reality, at DWP Digital you’ll have the opportunity to work with the most modern technology and open source tooling.
We offer career opportunities across the whole spectrum of digital roles, including user research, product management, business analysis, software engineering, DevOps, architecture, and infrastructure engineering.
What's the thing that you appreciate/value/cherish more about what you do as a brand?
The size and scale of our digital transformation is a challenge, but it’s also a unique opportunity. People enjoy what they do here, as they’re driven by the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.
We’re passionate about diversity in the workplace: it’s vital that the UK’s biggest government department reflects the society it serves. It’s also crucial in such a competitive marketplace that we access talent wherever it exists. We support important days in the diversity calendar and our many networks and forums offer support to colleagues in minority groups and demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Do you have a special story of something unique you did for a client? Something unusual you did as a team, something memorable you'd like to share?
What's your company culture like? What is that you want to represent?
We value ideas and ability and we’re leading the way with agile ways of working.
We offer a culture that values work-life balance with flexibility offered on how and where you work, as well as a competitive salary, pension and generous holiday entitlement.
We believe in our people, which is why you’ll have access to all the learning and development you need - as well as opportunities to learn new skills and progress. You’ll also be part of a professional community, where you can share knowledge with like-minded people and help further your career to where you want it to go.
What is your team like? How do you work?
Multi-disciplinary teams of digital experts work together to deliver and iterate products quickly. To help achieve our vision of creating a world-class practice-led community, we’ve established professional communities for the different job roles within DWP Digital. Everyone has been given the opportunity to align to a community based on their skills and interest. We hope this will create a culture that encourages people to explore their potential rather than be told to do something.
What kind of people are you looking for? Who's the best match for your team?
Our vacancies span the whole range of digital specialisms, so there’s something to suit everyone. If you’re creative and curious to learn, and aren’t afraid to challenge the norm, you’ll love it here. We’ve already got lots of super-talented people working here so we can guarantee you’ll be working with lots of like-minded digital specialists.
What benefits and perks do you offer your employees? What's the biggest plus of working for you?
Working at DWP Digital offers the excitement of working on some of the UK’s biggest and most interesting technical challenges, alongside the stability of a Civil Service career.
The unique high-profile work will challenge and develop you, allowing you to enhance your career prospects. Our exciting projects and vibrant culture make it easy to see why we were shortlisted for the Best Place to Work in Digital at the 2018 Computing Digital Technology Leaders awards.
What are your goals and plans for the future? What's your biggest ambition?
Part of what we’ve achieved at DWP Digital so far is because we don’t want to be average at what we do, we want to be extraordinary.
We have ambitious goals to transform the way we're delivering our services for millions of people. We believe this success relies on building motivated teams of talented people.
We now need to continue to improve the services we provide, build closer relationships with our colleagues across the department, and drive through the digitisation of DWP’s services.
And now that you’ve read the interview with them, what do you think? Join us for at our London job fair in February and meet the team of Department for Work and Pension in person! Don’t hesitate to book your free event ticket, check out their blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!
“I can’t get a job because I’ve got no experience, and I’ve got no experience because I’ve got no job!”
How many of us got ever stuck in this vicious cycle? It’s a common problem! Not only for those of us who are fresh graduates, but also for those people who want to turn their career around and try something new.
Getting experience suddenly looks like such a challenge. That’s why today we come to you with several ideas of where to get the precious experience to fill your portfolio with.
That’s a very, very basic idea but it works. You should always look out for internships. It may be hard to get one when you’ve got a full-time job already, but sometimes you can get companies to agree on part-time or even flexible working routine.
You can look up internships on most of the job boards, in the local newspapers and online magazines. Some of the companies post them on their websites, so make sure you keep an eye out on them too.
Reaching out to the companies
You can also get in touch with companies personally. If you know who’s working in your desired niche, you can send an email to the team and ask if they need help. This gives you a lot of flexibility in deciding what your role would be as part of their staff and what conditions both parties will agree on.
Get ready for a lot rejection though. Most of companies won’t be answering at all.
Events & Networking
Attending all sort of networking events and job fairs is an experience you shouldn't skip. Whether you find a job or not, it’s your chance to leave your name in places and connect to people who might eventually get back to you.
Go Back To Uni
It doesn’t hurt to also get in touch with your old faculty. A lot of them have special alumni-dedicated events and activities that you can benefit from. And if not, they may have ways of helping you in some other way. Since you are their graduate, they will be far more likely to send you an answer and try finding solutions to your problem.
Get Involved In Non-profit
There are plenty of organisations out there that have no budget to cover experienced employees. Non-profit organisation frequently co-work with people who have the skill but no portfolio to back it up. Reach out to the foundations and organisations in your city or look up non-profit websites that serve the purpose of connecting job seekers with institutions.
Don’t Forget About Social Media
Facebook and Linkedin are your best bet when it comes to building your network of professional contacts. These two platforms offer one of the best functions to serve this purpose: discussion groups. From job seeker groups to industry-specific communities - you’ve got a full palette of choice where to go and who to speak to. Be vocal, active and helpful - and eventually someone will notice you.
Over To You
Being an inexperienced person in the crowded job market was never and will never be easy. But stay positive - if you put enough effort, action and heart into getting the experience, it will eventually pay off. Remember - reaching out to people is your key to success.
New Year, new you, new career? How many of you think this way? Well, if you’re unhappy with anything about your professional life, January is your month to get your big change plan in motion. There are twelve months ahead of you so make the most of them.
But what if you don’t know how to start? Don’t worry - with your success in mind, today we’ll show you how to make it all happen. Whatever it is, big or small, you can make it real by following these simple 5 steps.
Step 1: Find Your Pain Point
You won’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re starting. Think about what exactly makes you feel unhappy or unsuccessful. This could be anything, from your current position to low payment. It could be too long commute or really, really ugly office you’ve got to work in.
All these things can be changed with more or less drastic steps. So long you know what pains you, you’re good to set out on a journey to a better workplace.
Step 2: Identify The Necessary Changes
And now that you know what you hate most, you’re about to envision the result. What is that you’re after? What changes would have to happen for you to finally feel accomplished, satisfied and happy?
The desired result and the changes that lead to it have to be crystal clear for you. It’s like following a map somewhere - you have to know the route to reach your destination.
Step 3: Divide Your Goals Into Long and Short Term
While there are (nearly) full twelve months at your disposal, you should hardly put your focus on what’s going to happen in November. But yes, you should be aware that SOMETHING will definitely happen there. You’re just yet to define it.
Divide your goals into long and short term. This way you will know what project will take several weeks or months and a lot of effort. Doing this will clearly set it aside from things that can be completed quickly.
Remember, approaching long and short term goals is totally different. Don’t mistake these two as you plan your 2019 career goals.
Step 4: Go Detailed
With your career goals chosen and labeled correctly as long or short term, you now have to plan your path. And you have to be detailed about it because it’s easy to get lost and forget your course in the everyday buzz.
Long term goals will naturally have more steps and milestones than short term ones, but you follow the same pattern for both. Make sure you are as detailed as you can get. Write down the actions that you need to take, one by one.
Then again - don’t go too far in the future, especially in case of the long term goals. Plan nearest three steps you have to take.
Step 5: Set a Reminder and Review Often
While it’s hard to believe, we often fail to complete our career goals not because we fail at them, but because we get drawn away.
It’s easy to get lost in all the day-to-day duties you have. That’s why it’s mandatory to have some sort of a reminder that will keep in loop. It can be goal-dedicated notebook, an app or even a sticky note.
Revise your progress often. It’s important that you know what has been done and what still needs to be done. And remember to be honest with yourself - sugar-coating your progress and making excuses won’t ever let you succeed.
Take It With you
Whether your 2019 career goals are big or small, they’re all worth taking up the challenge. This five-step approach is all you need to get it right but you’ve got to devote yourself to your cause. Detailed planning and knowing just where you’re headed, followed by taking action is your recipe for success. It’s that simple!