I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was offered a position at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). I knew a little about productivity, but I'd no idea what kind of things I'd be doing as part of the productivity branch.
Then I started in the department and I was immediately involved in calculating and analysing productivity growth in the UK. I learned a huge amount about economic statistics – how they're put together and what they can actually tell us.
Within a year I'd helped or led the publication of about five National Statistics bulletins. I've also spent time with Civil Service colleagues in a whole range of departments, including Treasury, HMRC and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
My day-to-day tasks are part of my life at ONS but I've also realised there are great development opportunities from working here. The economist community is vibrant and active and we share knowledge and learn new things from each other. I've also been involved with teaching non-economists about finance and banking – the areas where I previously specialised. I've taken part in arranging career enhancement events, social gatherings and statistical development meetings.
I've discovered ONS is a great place to build a career and to learn your trade.