Moving between Government departments to develop skills

About me

Faith W.
History
History
BA
Vanbrugh
2014
United Kingdom

About this profile

Generalist Fast Stream
Government Departments
United Kingdom
Government and civil service
Large business (250+ employees)
2015
£27,000

About the job

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.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

I went to the careers fair in my final year and looked at the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers (there were copies in the Careers office).

How I found out about the job

York Careers Fair

The recruitment process

The recruitment process is changing this year, but for me there were a series of online tests (including verbal and numerical reasoning, situational judgement and inbox simulation) followed by a day long assessment centre with interview, group exercise, leadership exercise and writing task.

My career

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.


Ask Faith to be your mentor Ask Faith a question