Ex-Treasury civil servant pursuing MBA in the United States.

About me

Robert M.
History
History
BA
James
2010
United Kingdom

About this profile

Ex-Civil Service Fast Streamer
Ex-HM Treasury
United Kingdom
Government and civil service
Large business (250+ employees)

About the job

What I do

Civil Service Fast Stream - HM Treasury

Skills I use and how I developed them

Policy advice - building on essay writing skills from undergraduate; collating all relevant evidence/analysis, then producing nuanced recommendations for senior decision makers to drive real world action.
Project management - building on extra-curricular/club planning/dissertation skills, learning how to create a plan to deliver something complex, then track output against it and adapt plan as required.
Diplomacy - based on general relationship skills, learning how to navigate complex organisations and networks with competing interests, in order to build consensus towards a shared goal.

What I like most

Working on very topical and high profile issues, often immediately before they were on the front pages.

What I like least

Sometimes having to do things you don't agree with. Seeing good ideas blocked. Long delays in getting things done.

What surprised me most

How motivated, compassionate and impressive most people in government are, irrespective of where they come from on the political spectrum.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

I applied to a wide range of graduate schemes and this was the one that (eventually) worked out.

My career

My career goals when I graduated

Find a role where I was at the centre of the action and could make a meaningful difference to something important.

My career history

After a short period in consulting I joined HM Treasury on the fast stream (back before it was rotational). I worked in three different roles over five years, before leaving to do an MBA in the USA.

What has helped my career to progress

Finding people more senior than yourself who believe in you and are willing to give you chances.

Courses taken since graduation

MSc Comparative Politics
MBA (general management)

How my studies have helped my career

The most important thing was something I learnt at York - how to think critically, write effectively and construct a good argument.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Work out roughly what you want to do, then create as many options for yourself as possible in field you are interested in (it's a numbers game) to try and get a foot in the door. There are probably many paths to getting there. Have a five year plan and try to gravitate towards where you want to be over time (it's a long game).

Contacting me

I'm happy to answer any questions on applying to the civil service or MBA programmes in the US.


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