Government data manager
I’m a government data manager because…
I like creating spreadsheets and stretching my mind with formulae and calculations!
I’m profoundly deaf, and while there have been a few challenges in my 28-year career at the Home Office – no telephone equipment when joining a new team, occasional lack of deaf awareness – most of the time I’ve been fortunate. Colleagues have made efforts to communicate using instant messaging or basic sign language. One even did British Sign Language (BSL) evening classes and helped me communicate at work events! I’ve used BSL interpreters in meetings, but now, I mainly do one-to-ones over Skype instant messaging or I video chat with people who can use BSL.
Last year, I achieved my Level 2 Certificate in Counselling. It was daunting, but with the help of my communication support worker, I did it. Believe in yourself and be positive; there’s lots of support available. I hope to use my skills to help deaf young people in the future.