Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 and worked for a year and a half as a fundraising consultant before applying to the Fast Stream.
Q: What are you like outside of work?
A: I am a bubbly and sociable individual and my favourite things to do always involve spending time with friends and family. I enjoy experiencing new things with others like visiting exhibitions or galleries, or finding new places to eat. I also enjoy going to see live music, and a good crime thriller novel.
Q: Describe the Fast Stream in one sentence
A: The opportunity to develop a huge skill-set, work on interesting government projects, and expand and strengthen your professional network.
Q: What are the three best things about the Fast Stream?
A: The community of people, the exposure to priority work and the networking events!
Q: What interested you to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream programme?
A: I have always been motivated to work in the public sector but since started studying Psychology and Law module at university I became particularly interested in working for the Ministry of Justice. In looking at roles within this department, I came across the Fast Stream programme, and also spoke to an individual I knew outside of work that had graduated from the Fast Stream about their experience.
Q: What attracted you to the programme and the particular stream that you applied for?
A: I was attracted to the leadership development aspect of the Fast Stream in particular, as support for my career development had not been a priority in my previous role outside of the civil service. I was attracted to the project delivery scheme as I had utilised project management skills in my previous role, and it is something I enjoyed. I researched what project management typically involved and it seemed as though this would suit my personality and way of working.
Q: Please share your experience with the Fast Stream so far?
A: I had a brilliant experience in the Civil Service Fast Stream so far. I have worked in different areas of the Ministry of Justice over the past 12 months, from Brexit Policy to Electronic Monitoring. I had the opportunity to develop a variety of skills and I have experienced different ways of working. I have been able to build my professional network, as well as make new friends.
Q: What is your ultimate aim or career ambition after you complete the programme?
A: My aim following the completion of the programme and working as a Grade 7/6 is to then become part of the Senior Civil service. I am yet to experience other departments within the government, but I would like to return to the Ministry of Justice as this is where my primary interests lie.
Q: How does the Fast Stream make you feel?
A: The Fast Stream makes me feel empowered to take control of my development and future career path.
Q: What advice would you give to someone else considering to apply to the Civil Service Fast Stream programme?
A: The advice I would give to someone considering to apply to the Fast Stream is – be confident. The perception you may have of civil servants and Fast Streamers is likely to be different to the reality, and should certainly not act as a barrier to apply if you feel you don’t fit this mould. If you believe you have the potential and capability to succeed on the programme, then go for it.
Comment by esther posted on
Thank you for the motivation