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WORK LIFE - TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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Julie Hutchinson ...
Julie Hutchinson

Communications manager, Blaby DC

Describe your job

I am the communications manager for Blaby DC, responsible for both strategic and operational issues.

My role covers all communications functions, e-government and improving access to services through our joint service shops. It also involves representing the council on a number of Leicestershire-wide partnerships relating to

e-government and improving access to services.

What would be a typical day?

I manage the development of the council's website and media relations. I also produce strategies and guidance documents for both communications and

e-government initiatives as well as project manage the delivery of e-government projects.

What do you do to

achieve work/life balance?

I have two dogs to walk which helps me to relax and unwind and an active social life.

Tell us a bit about your background

When I first left school I qualified as a florist, but although it was creative I did not find it mentally challenging and so made the switch to office-based work. I then went onto get a qualification in business and finance and have progressed in roles through self-motivation and initiative.

If you had a wish list for your department, what would it be?

More resources would be helpful to meet staff expectations.

What is the most useful lesson you have ever learned?

Do not rely on people to use common sense.

What would be your ideal job?

I don't think I have an ideal. I will always have a go at most things, provided it develops my skills, and it's not monotonous.

Where do you see yourself in the next

five years?

Five years ago I never would have thought that I would be a communications manager, so in another five years who knows where I might be. You never know what opportunities might arise.

What is the worst job you've ever had?

It has to have been a data entry clerk for a publishing company - dull and repetitive.

What is the best job you've e ver had - besides this one.

Working for a property and finance company with responsibility for property management issues.

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