Hi. My name is Sarah Edwards and I have worked for the UK Civil Service for eight years, working within various roles at the Driving Standards Agency, an executive Agency within the Department for Transport. During this time, I have pursued a variety of training courses in order to develop my skills. These include several management courses covering a wide range of subjects such as building and leading a team, managing change, and staff development and attendance management. I have also acted as an ambassador for the organisation on a stand at a youth festival where I discussed important factors of road safety with youngsters and their parents.
Outside of work, I enjoy attending different types of dance and ‘Zumba’ classes locally. I also like to spend spare time with family and friends, visiting museums, theatres and cinemas and walking as well as cooking and baking when they visit my home. Over recent years I have enjoyed write, particularly about my experiences whilst in Australia. I also like to partake in local activities, such as visiting craft fairs and any other similar events as well as visiting local attractions.
Last year I was awarded a place with the Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship www.rooseveltscholarship.org annually awards places to people living and working in Nottinghamshire, giving them the opportunity to travel to the Unites States of America and research a work related topic of their choice whilst representing the county and building links between Nottinghamshire and American citizens.
I used the opportunity to travel around about 13 different states, visiting road safety professionals in order to find out about their driving training and testing processes. I wrote a report on my findings when I got back, this can be found on the scholarship website. The report has also been published on the Department for Transport’s intranet and the website of the East Midlands Civil Service network.
One of the most inspirational parts of my trip was writing a blog. I have always enjoyed writing but have never really found an outlet for it until this came along. I didn’t think much about it when I was writing, other than that I found it a really enjoyable way of documenting all my amazing experiences. However, when I got back, I found that more people than I thought had read and enjoyed it! I’ve had some really good feedback and this has encouraged me to write more.
I’m looking to do some freelance writing to get me started, the dream being that one day I’ll be able to leave my current full job and be a full time writer. Join the club, you might be thinking, but a girl can dream, can’t she?!
Thanks for reading and any tips or feedback from experienced writers would be more than welcome.