Cardiff Met students and staff were treated to a fascinating talk from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Director of Communication earlier this week. Helen Bower-Easton spoke about her career in government communications, which has taken her to 80 countries so far and enabled her to work with several senior Ministers – including as the Prime Minister's Spokesperson for both David Cameron and then Theresa May. Her lecture entitled "My career in government communications: what I've learnt working in No.10 and the Foreign Office" kept guests captivated as she shared insights and relayed advice to students thinking about a career in government.
Helen has helped to shape communications for many high-profile events, including the 2014 NATO Summit which took place in Wales. The lecture aimed to inspire, motivate and encourage students to consider a career as a Government Communicator, which includes roles in media, campaigns and digital. Helen talked about the skills and qualities - such as resilience, honesty and leadership - that she has learnt as her career has progressed and shared practical advice with students looking to enter the world of work.
Cardiff Met's Director of Employability, Kirsty Palmer said: "Helen's visit was a valuable opportunity for students and staff to meet and interact with a leading communications professional and to see where a top level career could take them. It was an insightful talk for students and staff alike."
Helen said: "I have been fortunate to have enjoyed a full and varied career over the past sixteen years and am always happy to share my experiences with young graduates. Graduates have a lot to offer government communications and it's important that we continue to recruit a diverse workforce. Both personally and professionally, I am committed to offering careers advice to students and today has been a great opportunity to meet some of Cardiff Met's finest staff and students."
Students can find out more about career opportunities on the Government Communication Service website.