I work as an Assistant Statistician in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as part of the Fast Stream. I began my role in June 2015, straight after graduating from the University of Portsmouth.
My descriptions of working as an assistant statistician in DCMS will probably sound very different to some of the other blog posts as DCMS is such a small department. Currently, there are 6 statisticians and 1 statistical data scientist in DCMS – 3 of these posts are currently filled by Fast Streamers. Even though we are a small team in a small department, we cover a wide range of topics, from museum visitors to superfast broadband, the BBC charter review to the digital sector – we cover all of this and lots more. Between the 7 of us, we produce 30 statistical releases a year!
One of the great benefits of working in a small department means that our work is not restricted to one specific policy area and we get access to high profile work from an early stage in our careers. This means I have worked on a variety of areas already in the 9 months since I joined DCMS, and have even worked on statistics that were featured in the Guardian (you can see them here!).
Working as a fast stream statistician is great, because even though it sounds clichéd every day really is different, and you get to experience such a wide range of things! In order to make the most of your experience, you need to really throw yourself into every opportunity that gets sent your way, and make sure you enjoy yourself! You’re given a lot of responsibility from the start, which can be a bit scary, but it definitely keeps things exciting!