I’ve worked in three different offices since I joined, and taken on a variety of roles in the delivery and processing functions as well as on the collection and distribution side of things. So even though I’ve been here 36 years, it feels like I’ve worked for several different organisations and I haven’t had a chance to get bored. Royal Mail is so big and diverse that, no matter what your skills, chances are there’ll be a number of ways to make the most of them.
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About 18 months ago I volunteered to become a First Aider. I wasn’t sure about it at first as it’s a big responsibility but I completed the week-long course, passed the test at the end and am now really enjoying it. There’s a lot of camaraderie among the first aid team and the more experienced members are always ready to share information and best practice. We all get together to discuss what needs doing and if there’s a call for a First Aider usually more than one of us responds and we end up helping each other out.
Recently I took part in a regional Royal Mail competition for First Aiders and came first in one of the challenges. Having the skills and confidence to help people who can’t help themselves is really rewarding.