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 the 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 role of Personal Assistant. 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. ‘Everyone was very supportive when I started out – especially the other PAs who made me feel part of their team instantly’.
Stacy built up relationships gradually and got to know departments individually as a PA; increasing her knowledge of the wider business and exploring where her career aspirations, interests and individual skill set lay. All of which helped when it came to applying for a new role in the Governance team.
‘I was very happy at the Gambling Commission, colleagues are always so welcoming and there is genuinely a lot of fun so I knew I didn’t particularly want to leave but I knew personally that I wanted to take the next step in my career path’.
After fifteen months at the Gambling Commission, Stacy was promoted to Governance Manager. ‘There has been a lot to learn as there is with any new role but I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. The Commission has already provided me with so many more opportunities that I ever envisaged’.
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.’