In the Spotlight: Susy Goldstone

Foster with Bucks, 02 December 2022 - Case study

In the latest in our Meet the Team feature, we meet Business Support Administrator, Susy.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I have been a Business Support Administrator for the Fostering Support team at Bucks Council since June 2022. I am originally from Manchester and only moved to Buckinghamshire a year ago, but I have also lived in Leeds and Glasgow! Before working for Bucks Council, I completed my Master’s degree in Modern History, then worked as a freelance fiction editor during the pandemic. I’m still in the early stages of post-university life and am excited to see where my journey with Bucks Council will take me.

Describe your job in three words.

Rewarding. Busy. Varied.

Talk me through your career to this point.

Although I only finished university a few years ago, my CV is quite varied! During my studies, I worked in various customer service jobs in retail and hospitality. Then when I graduated in 2020, I started freelancing as a fiction editor using an online freelancing platform. Now I work part-time for Bucks Council, and I also work part-time for a small museum doing admin work for them as well!

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

I have recently been asked to help with the monthly newsletter, which is very exciting! I love being creative, and this is a great opportunity to flex those muscles. Outside the office, I am part of a musical theatre choir and am really enjoying working towards performances and improving as a group.

What is the best thing about working for Bucks?

The people are all amazing, especially those in my team in Business Support. Everyone is incredibly friendly and always ready to help each other. It is also lovely to work in a team that directly supports foster carers and social workers to do their amazing work; although my role is a small one, my work is important and I feel like I am able to make a difference.

What are the main challenges of working in Business Support for Bucks?

There was a steep learning curve when I first started, as Business Support covers so many areas of responsibility. I finally seem to have found my feet, but I’m always coming across new things to learn!

What are your top 3:

Books?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Movies or TV Shows?

My favourite TV show at the minute is Andor on Display Plus! If you’re a Star Wars fan, you need to watch this show! Other than that, my favourite comfort movies are: Cinderella (1997 version), The Muppets Christmas Carol, and Pride and Prejudice (the one with Keira Knightley).

Musicians:

Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Halsey.

If you could swap places with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be?

I think it would be pretty fun to spend a day as Taylor Swift (then I would finally know when her UK tour dates will be announced!).

What’s in your coffee?

I don’t actually drink coffee. I’m much more of a fruit tea and hot chocolate kind of person. At this time of year though, I’ll always be going for the limited-edition Christmas hot chocolates.

What, or who, are you a ‘closet’ fan of? The more embarrassing, the better!

I love trash TV. The trashier, the better. Those reality shows on Netflix – Love is Blind, Too Hot to Handle, The Circle – I love all of them. My line manager and I always have to catch up with each other every week about the latest episode of whatever’s on – whether it’s Married at First Sight or Love Island. Sometimes it’s nice to put something on TV and switch your brain off for a while!