category: Interviews

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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“It was a completely lucky occurrence.” How one developer found a new team at Silicon Milkroundabout

Interviews, SMR | | 5 min read

After each edition of Silicon Milkroundabout lots of people leave knowing they’re about to start the next phase in their career and we wanted to shine a light on some of these individual stories . We’ve been catching up with the designers, engineers, data scientists, marketers, product specialists and all-round legends that came to our most recent edition to get their take on how to get the most out of the event.

Read on for our chat with Peyman Owladi, a Senior Developer who struck up a conversation with Bagboard at SMRapril19, before going on to accept an offer to join their engineering team.

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Q&A with Cachetejack

Interviews | | 2 min read

Spanish illustration duo Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul create fresh and unique work full of colour, energy, humour and irony in a variety of different mediums under the name Cachetejack. They produced a series of illustrations to promote #SMRnov19 and the first edition of our US sister-event, The Round NYC.

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