Stacy Simpson is selective when it comes to employment. And when the opportunity came to work for the Gambling Commission, it seemed a good fit with her CV, following an 18-month stint at a large accountancy firm in Birmingham. Not only was it a well-established, national organisation with a clear remit, but it was small enough for her to feel valued rather than a just a number. ‘I had signed up with an agency’, explains Stacy, ‘and they told me about this role. I did my research, spoke to someone who had worked for the Commission, and decided that this job offered me lots of scope and was a role I could really get my teeth into!’
Following a two-stage interview, Stacy was offered the job. She found HR to be very helpful in the run-up to her starting work and she was provided with a point of contact should she have any queries, as well as receiving a wealth of useful information.
‘You build relationships gradually’, says Stacy, ‘but everyone was very helpful when I started out – especially the other PAs. And as I support a number of different areas, I have been able to get to know teams individually.'
Stacy has found that colleagues are always up for a quick drink after work and there is an active social committee. ‘You don’t feel as if you are pushed into doing things but there are opportunities there to socialise if you want. And working in such a central location in the middle of Birmingham, close to rail links, means there is plenty of choice.’