Gareth T.

Policy Advisor
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Gareth T.
History with Economics
United Kingdom

My employment

Policy Advisor
Civil Service Fast Stream
United Kingdom
Government and civil service
Large business (250+ employees)

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A day in the life of a Policy Advisor in the United Kingdom

Have experienced a variety of roles since joining the Fast Stream

What I do

Policy Advisor at the Cabinet Office, on the Civil Service Fast Stream. I'm currently working on a Government response to an inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Some of the most important skills I use are around assessing evidence and communication. I have to be able to analyse data in order to make good decisions, and then be able to explain what I have done and why I have done it to senior leaders, some of whom don't have much time!

What I like most

Being able to contribute to society on a daily basis; the people I work with; the emphasis on work/life balance.

How I looked for work

Online, on graduate job websites

How I found out about the job

Other graduate recruitment website

The recruitment process

Application form, online tests, assessment centre.

My career goals when I graduated

I wanted to work in public policy, preferably on climate change policy.

My career history

I started off at a small consultancy. I moved onto the Fast Stream about a year ago. Since then I've worked as a speechwriter in DWP, and in policy roles in the Treasury and Cabinet Office.

What has helped my career to progress

Perserverance! And forming good relationships with people.

Courses taken since graduation

I did a MA in Public Policy at King's College London.

My advice to students considering work

Choose something you will enjoy and are interested in.

My advice about working in my industry

The Civil Service is great: you get to work on the biggest challenges facing society with some of the most talented people. Go for it.

Contacting me

Happy to answer any questions or to be a mentor.

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