Fergus is a Press Officer in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Fergus talks about the work he does while travelling to different parts of the country with the Minister, stating that the Communications Officer role is “a perfect entry level for someone who has not worked in the public sector before, and offers plenty of opportunity to learn and advance.”
Tell us a little about your role as Communications Officer?
My role is that of press Officer in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. I travel regularly to different parts of the country with the Minister as he attends various events. I coordinate local and national media doorsteps, as well as preparing press releases and responding to media queries. I also help run our social media platforms, and organise and coordinate campaign launches with officials and agencies.
What opportunities has the role provided you with so far?
It's been incredibly interesting to visit and meet with learners and staff at colleges and universities across the country. I have been particularly inspired to hear the stories of learners and further education facilities, many of whom have overcome their own personal struggles to use education as a pathway to a better life.
Why did you choose a career in the Public Sector?
A desire to work somewhere where real tangible change can be enacted.
What advice would you give someone thinking of applying for the Communications Officer role?
It is a perfect entry level for someone who has not worked in the public sector before, and offers plenty of opportunity to learn and advance.
Can you tell us about a highlight from your career in the Civil Service?
I was the comms lead on the Adult Literacy for Life campaign – an inspiring and very worthy effort to improve the lives of thousands of adults across the country who struggle with literacy, numeracy and digital skills.