I joined the Science and Engineering Fast Stream because I wanted to use my scientific and analytical skills to make a difference in people’s lives. Science and technology advance more rapidly than ever and have never before been so intrinsic to the way people live. The Fast Stream gives me the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to help shape how the UK’s science policy is developed and applied. The potential benefits of upcoming technologies are simply amazing: no other job would give me the opportunity to help shape the policy which will influence how these technologies are used for the benefit of all of us.
The best advice I can give to anyone who is applying or thinking of applying to the scheme is to just go for it and to be yourself. While the application process takes a while, you get some incredibly useful and detailed feedback along the way. I would also encourage anyone applying to think about how science is and has been used in government and how the civil service works.
My current role is as an Assistant Private Secretary to Sir Mark Walport, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. While at times the role can be very fast paced and demanding, it gives me the opportunity to be involved with a wide range of teams that work on a variety of science and technology related issues. The teams cover a range of areas, from planning ahead for an increasingly ageing population to exploring the vast potential of using drones and unmanned aerial vehicles.
If you have a scientific mind and want a job which will allow you to use your skills to benefit a wide range of people, then the Science and Engineering Fast Stream is for you.
David with Sir Mark Walport, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser