|Generalist Fast Stream|
|Government and civil service|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Generalist Fast Stream in the United Kingdom
Moving between Government departments to develop skills
What I do
On the Fast Stream I get to move between Government Departments and experience different roles to develop my skills and find out what I enjoy most. I have been a policy adviser in the Department of Health, a project manager in the Department for Education and now I'm in the second year of the scheme working as a contract manager for a small Non-Departmental Public Body.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Every role has developed different skills, including:
- Writing skills through writing briefings for ministers and Board reports
- Communication skills from giving verbal briefings, speaking to senior colleagues and giving presentations
- Leadership skills through managing individual projects
- Time management and how to juggle multiple deadlines or requests
- Working as part of a team and how to collaborate with others to achieve my goals
What I like most
The opportunity to try different roles and learn new skills, before deciding what direction I want my career to take.
What surprised me most
How many people are genuinely interested in helping me to progress and develop.
My career goals when I graduated
To have a job I enjoyed that would make a difference.
My career history
During University I worked at a shop during holidays and as a student fundraiser for the alumni telethon during term time.
I missed out on the application window for graduate schemes in my final year of Uni (who knew they closed in November?!) so fell in to working at a local recruitment agency in my home town while I applied for the following year. I started the Fast Stream in September 2015.
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