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Written by Paro Konar
We all need to unwind from time to time. And in our part of the department, we have been finding ways to get to know each other better and support each other when the day job gets extra busy or events in our other lives knock us off course.
Our aim is to be inclusive and try lots of different activities which bring people together. The recent heatwave coincided nicely with a group of us heading to the Globe to see 'Hamlet' and get the 'groundling' experience in the cheap (standing) seats. And Easter was a good excuse for a team 'Hot Cross Bun Tasting' event with passionate discussions about taste, consistency and which were 'proper' Hot Cross Buns - do 'wholemeal' count?
May 14-18 2018 was Mental Health Awareness Week and our Wellbeing and Mental Health Group planned events to raise awareness and signpost people to sources of support for themselves and others. The WMH Group is just one of the many Diversity & Inclusion Groups which are open to all staff and which help to build an inclusive corporate culture.
In addition to all of these, we are lucky to work in roles that truly matter, ones in which we know we are making a difference. I have been working in the energy and security analysis team for over a decade, leading the team for the last three years. It has been an absolute pleasure working on a fast moving area of analysis. I am sure you will find it hard to find a job as interesting as mine where on one day I am thinking about auction dynamics for the capacity market, and then thinking about the financial structure of nuclear deals and then contemplating how the costs of offshore wind technology have been falling.
The fact that I can do this role part time while managing a young family is definitely an added advantage to working in the civil service and BEIS. My team is really diverse as well with a number of nationalities and backgrounds represented, conversations ranging from visiting family in Columbia, Bangladesh, Australia, Germany to running marathons in York. A large part of my enjoyment of the role is down to having supportive managers, and colleagues. But like all good things…. I am now moving on to a new challenge and this exciting and interesting role is now up for the next budding energy geek!
If you are interested in the Deputy Director, Energy & Security Analysis role at BEIS click here.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy