Degree: Staffordshire University BA in Business Management
Current Role: Employment Services Support Officer
Previous Role: Adult Services Support Officer
Following my graduation in 2012 I continued to work with Telford and Wrekin Council where I had been employed while I was completing my degree. Although I enjoyed my time in the fostering team, I wanted to find a position where I could put the skills I had learnt through my studies to good use. I wasn’t sure what role I wanted in the future but having spent five and a half years working for Telford and Wrekin Council, I knew that I enjoyed working within Local Government. I therefore applied for Shropshire Council’s graduate scheme and joined in October 2013.
I can honestly say that I’ve learnt more in the last nine months than I did in all previous employment. No two days have been the same and I have learnt so much about the roles of each department and different ways of working. One of the benefits of the scheme is the variety of departments you have the opportunity of working in. It’s been beneficial for me to see where my skills lie and has challenged me to develop my areas of weakness.
The scheme has given me the chance to take the lead on projects and through this I have come into contact with a wide number of people and organisations. During my placement within Adult Services I helped to write a number of important documents. The one identified the growing number of dementia sufferers and highlighted how our service needed to be shaped to respond to these pressures. I was also involved in the re-design of the service which focused on a completely new way of working within the community and considered what implications this would have on the workforce.
In my current role I have helped to create an online payroll and HR service which we have piloted with several schools and will be rolling out to a wider cohort in September. It has been exciting to see this project develop and be involved in the testing and demonstrations of the programme.
During my employment with Shropshire Council the amount of change within that time has been significant and it has been exciting to help shape the direction of travel for the council. It’s been a steep learning curve but there’s plenty of support along the way and is an opportunity not to be missed.
Ruth, Graduate in HR.