Matthew S.

Executive Assistant
Happy to mentor
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About me

Matthew S.
Politics
History and Politics
Taught Postgraduate
Halifax
2020
United Kingdom

My employment

Executive Assistant
Department of Health and Social Care
United Kingdom
Government and civil service
Large business (250+ employees)
2021

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A day in the life of a Executive Assistant in the United Kingdom

Have confidence in your own abilities and skills. Employers will hire you because they think you will be a good fit for their organisation and have potential.

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

I work for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) as an assistant for a fast paced team and it's Deputy Director. The team works on healthcare analysis, using data to create analysis which is used by government to support and inform decision making. The team is heavily involved in the government's Covid response.

What do you do?

I provide administrative support to the senior leadership team and general assistance to the whole team. This has included organising events and diary management, minuting and supporting meetings and carrying out research tasks on behalf of my colleagues.

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

I have always had an interest in public service. After graduating I got a job working for DWP as a decision maker on Universal Credit, and then used that as a springboard into my current role.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

No

Describe your most memorable day at work

My most memorable day was very recent and related to the Omicron variant of Covid. I cannot describe the day/events publicly but I found myself very busy, working in a dynamic and ever changing situation.

Are there any challenges associated with your job?

It is very fast paced and fluid. Every day is different and this can make it quite stressful at times.

What’s your work environment and culture like?

Very relaxed and flexible. Management care about results and that we provide a good value for money to the taxpayer, and do what is right for the public and the country.

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

I was a department representative for Politics throughout my time at uni. This developed a wide range of workplace and professional skills; but particularly developed my confidence.

What would you like to do next with your career?

Progress within the Civil Service, moving into a more senior analytical or policy role.

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Have confidence in your own abilities and skills. Employers will hire you because they think you will be a good fit for their organisation and have potential. Specific technical skills and knowledge can be taught/learnt easily. Confidence and personality is much more valuable.

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?

Anything.

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