Rosie Sobieraj
Communications Officer for National Policing.

“I finished at Lincoln Minster School in 2011 to go on to complete a degree in PR and Media (BA Hons) at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating with a First.

“In my third year of university I became a freelance PR consultant to five clients in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire. After finishing university in 2014 I gained full-time employment with two of my clients and I began my role as Development and PR Manager to Hope Community Services, a homeless charity for North Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service.

“I then moved to work at a public relations agency in Sheffield as a Senior Account Executive, representing clients on a local, regional, national and international scale. Highlights included working with Number 10, Richard Branson/Virgin Business and international businesses such as an online grocer Approved Food and telematics organisation The Floow.

“After my time in the private sector I began work at Rotherham Council as a Marketing, Media and E-Communications Officer for Children and Young People’s Services. My job was hugely varied, and as a new role to the team structure I was able to pave my own path and make it my own. It included reactive communications including involvement in media at court proceedings involving the council as part of the trials for the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, proactive campaigns for adoption and fostering, re-branding services such as Early Help and complex media strategies for the service.

“In my current role I am a Communications Officer for National Policing. I provide an external and internal strategic communications role within the national policing environment – a short and sweet explanation for a very complex role which sees me travelling the length and breadth of the country providing support to all police forces in the UK on a national operation.

“In my spare time, I compete nationally in dance, recently winning the Jazz and Hip Hop regionals with my team Intensity Dance and placing third in the UK Pole Doubles Championships Pro/Am in 2015.

“I plan to continue moving up the ranks in the public sector communications world – I really enjoy my role at the moment, it’s so rewarding and I learn something new every day. The role above mine is the Strategic Communications Manager, so my boss may have to watch her back!

“At Lincoln Minster School I learnt that if you pursue something you are passionate in, dedicate time and effort to it, you will succeed. I think that work ethic was instilled in me from early on and the passion and enthusiasm from my teachers spurred me on to do well.

“My favourite memory of my time at LMS? That’s hard! I have so many. Singing in St Mark’s square in Venice with the Chamber Choir on tour is a particular favourite, playing cornet in the Concert Band at Disney Land Paris and competing with the gymnastics team, are just some of the few highlights. I also have so many great memories in the classroom, particularly English, where my passion for writing became apparent and helped me get to where I am today.

“My advice to current students would be work experience, work experience, work experience. Find out what you want to do, what you don’t want to do and what is out there for you. Without experience I would definitely not be where I am today. Don’t forget pursue a career in what you want, not what others think you should – follow your passion and do something which makes you want to get up in the morning.”