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Why you might be wrong about public sector jobs

Careers, Interviews | | 6 min read

The team at DIT

How brilliant user-centered design can impact the economic prosperity of our country

For some of us, the idea of a public sector job can conjure up images of officious, slow-paced formal working environments. But at the Department of International Trade things are a little different. 

As one of the newest departments in Whitehall (founded in 2016) the Digital, Data and Technology team builds products in a fast-paced environment in the main free from constraints of having to work with legacy tech. 

The leadership team have expertise in agile methodology, flexible working, job shares, and remote working, and are dedicated to maintaining a culture more in line with a startup than a government department.

When we asked their team what they liked about working at the Department of International Trade (DIT), the culture and the work environment were cited, but it’s the scale of the products and the impact they can have that was the most common answer. Contributing towards projects that can positively impact the economy, as well as thousands of businesses around the world, make this a public sector job which can deliver high levels of job satisfaction and some unique opportunities for career development.

We take a look at what impact the forward-thinking principles behind the culture at DIT have on the careers of the people that work there.

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“We’re missing the point when it comes to mental health.” Spill’s mission to increase access to support

Guest Post | | 3 min read

London-based Healthtech startup Spill were founded in 2017 with a mission to help companies remove the barriers stopping their team’s from accessing emotional support. They set out why their platform is important right now. Note: this piece was written before the outbreak of COVID-19.

Mental health is, by all accounts, having a bit of a moment. It’s the topic of endless conferences, training sessions and charity initiatives. A raft of celebrities from Stephen Fry to J.K. Rowling have spoken out about their diagnoses. Depression and anxiety, once completely taboo subjects, are now proudly displayed hashtags on Instagram and the subject of advertising by all sorts of brands, from Ford to Lloyds Bank. It looks like the stigma around conditions like these is slowly dismantling, at long last.

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3 areas of mental wellbeing to nurture while working in self-isolation

Guest Post, Guides | | 4 min read

As many of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future, we asked the team from Unmind to share with us their advice on how to take care of mental wellbeing during long periods of working from home.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, governments are urging social distancing and employers are promoting working from home. Remote working, particularly under self-quarantine and enforced isolation, poses challenges to our mental health. 

Focusing on three key areas of wellbeing, these measures will help you to proactively manage your mental health while working from home amid the coronavirus crisis. 

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Silicon Milkroundabout April 2020 postponed to November 2020

Next event | | 2 min read

This post was last updated on Friday 13 March 2020

Due to the current situation surrounding the covid-19 virus we have made the decision to postpone Silicon Milkroundabout April 2020 until November 2020.

Based on the most recent news on the escalating situation in Europe we have made the difficult decision to move the planned edition of Silicon Milkroundabout on 25-26 April 2020 to 21-22 November 2020. We have been monitoring the advice from the government and health authorities closely in recent weeks and feel this is the appropriate action to take in the current circumstances. Whilst we are extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to deliver the great event when we were planning, the health & wellbeing of our attendees & exhibitors is the highest priority.

All tickets for April 2020 will be valid for the November event, and all exhibitors confirmed for April will be in attendance in November (where possible). This is the first time we have had to postpone an event in our schedule, so we’ll be channeling all our energy into making November our biggest & best event yet. Applications for the event will remain open and we’ll be providing an update to those people that have already submitted an application soon.

Our team is also currently exploring all available options to provide an alternative online experience which will allow attendees to discover and discuss job opportunities with exciting tech companies. From now until the November event our companies page will continue to be an essential tool for helping with your job search, and will be regularly updated with the latest roles and news from our exhibitors.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us at [email protected]. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time, and look forward to seeing you at Silicon Milkroundabout on 21–22 November 2020.

Team @ Silicon Milkroundabout

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Offshore: how Expensify bring their global team together

Guest Post, Next event | | 4 min read

The team at Expensify

With five offices around the world, Expensify explain how they go about getting their whole team together, and why it’s important. Their Engineering team will be attending Silicon Milkroundabout on 22 November 2020, where they’ll be looking to meet people & discuss their open job roles. Apply for your free ticket to attend the event here.

Check out and apply for roles with Expensify today:

Every year we relocate the entire company to a different country for three weeks for our annual Offshore trip. Together, we have visited Cambodia, Thailand, Croatia, Portugal, Uruguay, Italy, and Vietnam.

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#SMRnov19 unwrapped

About SMR | | 4 min read

Fresh from the first edition of The Round in NYC, Team Silicon Milkroundabout took over the Old Truman Brewery in November 2019 to host the 18th edition of London’s leading tech jobs fair. That’s right – 18! We’re now officially old enough to have a drink at our own bar.

To mark this milestone we planned one of our biggest events ever, with an expanded talks lineup, a huge range of companies from the London tech scene & beyond, a popup cocktail bar, advice sessions from Buzzbar, arts & crafts workshops and a whole lot more.

In a completely original, seasonally-relevant format, let’s take a look back at some highlights of the event by focusing on the numbers!

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5 things to look out for at #SMRnov19

Next event | | 3 min read

SMRnov19

We’re just a few hours away from opening the doors to November 2019’s edition of Silicon Milkroundabout. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes for the last few months to make this our biggest and best event yet. We’ve picked out some highlights from what’s sure to be a great weekend ahead. Read on for 5 things to look out for at #SMRnov19…

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