NAME: PATRICIA KEYS
JOB TITLE: ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
ORGANISATION: GOVAN INITIATIVE
First full-time job?
I made tools for the offshore oil industry in Falkirk as an unskilled worker. I hated the job but really loved my colleagues. We still all regularly meet up for a drink or a night out.
Did you choose to work in the voluntary sector or did it choose you?
I chose it. My dad worked in the voluntary sector and I did volunteering with charities while at Uni. It was then that I decided that I definitely had to work in the sector when I graduated because everything else looked too much like hard work!
What’s good about your job?
There’s good and bad. I speak to people across the city of Glasgow. It may be Royston, Bearsden or Govan but I hear of the same problems. Though people talk of the loss of community spirit, I find that people actually want to play a bigger part in the places they live and give their time to make a difference. Some want to do it for themselves; others for their kids. Whichever way they look at it the community benefits. All we have to do is facilitate their desires.
I find it difficult dealing with people who stand in your way for no other reason than they think they can. In all walks of life you find people who want to exert their selfimportance and the public sector especially is guilty of this.
What would make your job easier?
Time is always a problem. Groups do more with less these days and I can see my workload increasing. So more hours in the day would be handy though that’s not going to happen.
Most important lesson learned?
I learn important lessons everyday. This week I learned not to leave unopened paint lying on the floor when in charge of a 3 year old!
Is this a job for life?
I doubt it judging by the way the funding is going but who knows? Other than moving to Monaco, where I’m sure engagement officers are sorely needed, I’ll probably be moving within the Glasgow voluntary sector for some years to come. But that can’t be a bad thing. I just wish the sun would shine a little more.
Who would be your ideal boss?
I’ve always been accountable to funders in my work so anybody who was actually human would be quite nice.