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The Generalist Fast Stream

Katherine talking in a Fast Stream promotional video.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

A: I graduated in 2018. The Fast Stream is my first job after completing University. 

Q: What are you like outside of work?

A: Outside of work I spend my time baking and doing a lot of sports. Either in the gym or on a race runner. I also enjoy socialising and cultural opportunities that London has to offer, such as art galleries, museums & theatre.

Q: Describe the Fast Stream in one sentence

A: Challenging but rewarding.

Q: What are the three best things about the Fast Stream?

A: Societal Impact, breath of experience and a hard working workforce.

Q: What interested you to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream programme?

A: I did SDIP in the summer 2017, got a Fast Pass and enjoyed it and so when I needed to get a job to take up after university it seemed obvious to just apply and see if I would get it.  

Q: What attracted you to the programme and the particular stream that you applied for?

A: Policy sounded like my kind of thing and I liked the idea of the breath of experience offered by the Generalist scheme.

Q: Please share your experience with the Fast Stream so far?

A: Overall Fast Stream has been a positive experience from the outset of the application.

Q: What is your ultimate aim or career ambition after you complete the programme?

A: Whilst it would be nice to be the Permanent Secretary of a department, my focus is on finding and excelling in a policy area that I enjoy and feel is important. 

Q: How does the Fast Stream make you feel?

A: Your time at work is spent doing something worthwhile.

Q: What advice would you give to someone else considering to apply to the Civil Service Fast Stream programme?

A: Have an idea of what you are passionate about but be open minded enough to explore other areas of government that you might not have thought about.  

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