|History and Politics|
|Civil Service Fast Streamer|
|Government and civil service|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Civil Service Fast Streamer in the United Kingdom
Use your time at university to build networks with people - engage in talks, or with industry professionals in your departments, and you will find it much easier to get help once you do graduate.
Briefly describe the organisation you work for
I work for the Civil Service in a variety of roles throughout government, acting to support the Government of the day to create or enact policy for the people of the UK.
What do you do?
I perform a variety of roles and duties, from writing briefings, to producing papers, to supporting policy drafts.
Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?
I have been interested in public policy since I was very young, and the Civil Service was the most obvious place to practice that kind of skill when I was at York and just about to graduate.
Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?
Not particularly, I knew I wanted to be in or around government or policy when I graduated, and the Civil Service caters to that well.
Describe your most memorable day at work
Being given the space to create and deliver a session for colleagues on how to care for their mental health during the height of the pandemic. It was hugely rewarding and I am very proud of that work.
What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?
I took my studies seriously, but also attended talks about policy writing, analysis, and though this is not something I managed to do, I would highly recommend that people take part in data science/basic data visualisation course's to learn how to utilise this in their work
What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?
1. Have a clear idea of what motivates you and seek out opportunities that will fulfil you.
2. Aim for the sector or job you want, but really apply yourself to the application. Rejection is part of the process, but whatever you can do to reduce that you won't regret.
3. Use your time at university to build networks with people - engage in talks, or with industry professionals in your departments, and you will find it much easier to get help once you do graduate.
What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?
Happy to answer questions on anything Fast Stream or degree related. I have experience in terms of explaining the Fast Stream through outreach already
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