Lucy D.

Civil Service Fast Streamer
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About me

Lucy D.
Politics, Economics and Philosophy
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
United Kingdom

My employment

Civil Service Fast Streamer
Civil Service
United Kingdom
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

Fast Stream has given me the chance to try out a variety of roles in different departments

What I do

I am on the Generalist stream on the Civil Service Fast Stream which gives me the opportunity to try out a variety of roles in different departments. I have been a policy adviser at both HMRC and DWP and now working on a regeneration project for Haringey Council.

Skills I use and how I developed them

I have developed a range of skills through the variety of different postings
- Writing skills - developing policy documents and written briefings for Ministers
- Communication skills - Ministerial briefings and the delivery of presentations
- Leadership skills - taking responsibility for specific projects
- Collaboration skills - working with internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver legislation

What I like most

The chance to have a real influence over government policies and the opportunity to get a breadth of experience across different departments.

What surprised me most

The positive focus on development across the civil service and the vast amount of training opportunities

How I looked for work

I began to consider my career at the beginning of my final year at York. I began with the Times Top 100 graduate recruitments and researched the ones that interested me - which led me to the Civil Service Fast Stream.

How I found out about the job

Recruitment event

The recruitment process

The process involves several stages and has adapted since I went through the process, the current process is:
- Situational judgement and behavioural questionnaires
- e-tray assessment
- video strengths exercise
- Assessment centre

The opportunity to apply runs from the end of September to the end of November.

My career history

I joined the Civil Service straight from university. Prior to this I had worked part time in a supermarket and had some work experience in the financial sector.

Contacting me

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the Civil Service Fast Stream or graduate opportunities for PPE students.

Next steps...

If you like the look of Lucy ’s profile, the next steps are down to you! You can send Lucy a message to find out more about their career journey. If you feel you would benefit from more in-depth conversations, ask Lucy to be your mentor.

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