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Atkins Secondee reflects on her time with the UKDSC

My time at the UKDSC was very enjoyable and a great experience. I was in the Market Intelligence Team for 6 months as a Capability Analyst. The main work I did was market analysis on international defence markets. I have never worked in the defence industry before and now feel I have gained lots of knowledge and insight to the industry and what it is like, and the role gave me a very well-rounded perspective of working in defence. From the get-go I was given lots of responsibility and very much hit the ground running, which allowed me to quickly pick up a lot of new skills, knowledge, and experiences. The DSC also gave me opportunities and exposure that would be difficult to find anywhere else at a junior level. I was working with senior stakeholders in the defence industry and went into government to present my work on several occasions. This is invaluable experience and networking that will benefit me greatly in my next role and future career. The team at the DSC were very supportive and interested in my career and ability to improve myself and my skill set. There was a great social element to the team and as it is quite small you get to know everyone well and the chance to work with lots of different people. I have learnt a lot from the DSC and will always remember the experience and can’t imagine I will work somewhere like it again.

Linda Cabrera

Linda Cabrera

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