Published on Tue, 06/02/2018 - 10:01
Miranda Widger - HMRC
Group of women on Crossing Thresholds

My time on Crossing Thresholds

In 2016, while looking for leadership learning on the Civil Service Learning site, I stumbled across Crossing Thresholds, a year-long programme for women who want to develop their career. Unlike other development programmes, Crossing Thresholds brings people together from across the civil service and I have been learning alongside women from OfQual, the Department for Work & Pensions and the Department for Education as well as from HMRC.


This mixture of backgrounds and experience within my cohort as well as the guest speakers we’ve invited has led to some thought-provoking discussions. Among the things we have worked on together are setting our career goals and practicing interview techniques and how to communicate with impact. In tandem with the classroom events and peer group study days, we have all been working with mentors to work on more personalised areas for development.


But Crossing Thresholds is not just about learning to be a better communicator, it’s about giving women a safe environment to consider what really matters, how to achieve their ideal work/live balance and which stepping stones they need to take to get to where they want to go. The last few months have been challenging, emotional and have made me re-examine what I really want from my career. I will graduate from the programme in January 2018 with a group of lovely supportive ladies that I can call on for advice, together with a renewed sense of direction. 


New courses start throughout the year in locations around the country. If you want to find out more about Crossing Thresholds, please visit Civil Service Learning and search for Crossing Thresholds or visit If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a mentor for Crossing Thresholds, visit and click on mentoring.