Ross is doing an internship with the Fair Work Directorate at the Scottish Government at one of their Glasgow offices.
My initial reactions of the Scottish Government are overwhelmingly positive, although it did take me a while to get used to not asking to go to lunch (I still do!).
The most positive aspect perhaps for me was the willingness to allow me alter the exact nature my internship to fit my specific interests. Allowing me to focus a large degree of my time to working with the policy team integrating my work and interests.
Part of the role is Flexi-time, which I would rank up there with the internet in terms of the greatest inventions. In terms of disabled people this can make a huge difference, for example being able to get on a train a little later which is less crowded and not worrying about being late! Also the building is open quite late, so for example I often stay and read for an hour to miss the busy train home.
Another important point is that to highlight how the Scottish Government have been flexible in helping me over this initial period. Having missed my final university exams through illness, my resubmission clashed with me starting. My colleagues were very helpful giving me two and a half days off counted as working to allow me to complete this. I would like to say thank you to both Craig and Mike for doing this.
Therefore, it would be wrong to not include one of my readings in this blog post at some point. My choice for this edition, Scottish philosopher Adam Ferguson. Ferguson said, that if humans must work to gain that which they need then they must work for the good of society.
Therein lies that which makes this job so fulfilling. Yes, it comes with a good wage, but that can only take you so far. Each day, each task you are becoming more integrated in the organisation and with that you are working towards a goal together, namely, the betterment of our country. Whilst we all may have a different concept of the pursuit of happiness, this is most certainly mine.