I came to DVSA from the private sector in January 2019.
It really is a great place to work! The fact that you are effectively working for every citizen of the UK brings a real sense of personal pride and responsibility to the role that you don’t tend to get in the Private sector, along with some incredibly varied challenges, especially in 2020. A lot of people warned me about the public sector being slow to move and slow to change, but if anything, I have seen the opposite; an organisation that is prepared to “fail fast,” to inspect and adapt, not just within a Scrum team but at a corporate level.
I love the flexible working arrangements – and so do my two children! DVSA’s directors have a genuine commitment to work-life balance. I have two young children and one of my biggest concerns when I accepted the role was how I was going to make that work.
I have the trust of colleagues and leaders to be able to do my role but also do what I need to for my family. The “bring your whole self to work” is an intrinsic value you see across the organisation. The Civil Service has to be one of the best kept secrets of the UK employment market. I don’t know a single person who’s not been blown away by how different it is to what they expected, and how inspiring it is to be part of digital changes that impact every member of the UK population. Digital is changing at such a rate that we all need to bring our A-game to work. It can be challenging, but it’s always fun.
Digital solutions are key to where we go with our innovations moving forward. We are part of that wider conversation, and that brings excitement to the role. If that’s the sort of conversation you want to be part of, there’s never been a better time to join us at DVSA.