The Civil Service is an incredible opportunity for bright graduates looking to kick-start their career in the public sphere. We take a look at what you can expect.
Working with and for central government, Civil Service Fast Streamers are exposed to a range of contrasting placements or postings in government departments and agencies.
What you will get
The Civil Service Fast Stream offers an excellent opportunity to start your career and offers a diverse range of experience on different projects. Fast Streamers usually work in more than one government department and in more than one part of the UK.
Opportunities for secondment into the private sector, charities, Europe or other public sector organisations are also available. The precise nature of the job depends on which Fast Stream option you choose to undertake and changes from placement to placement.
However, all Fast Streamers can expect to experience a range of work including front-line operational delivery; policy; and corporate services.
Where will you work
The majority of jobs in government will fall under responsibility of one of the major departments. These include:
- Department of Culture, Media and Sport
- Department of Energy and Climate Change
- Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Department for Education
- Department of Health
- Department of Transport
- Department of Work and Pensions
- Food Standards Agency
- HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
- Home Office
- Ministry of Justice
The minimum entry requirement for the Civil Service Fast Stream is a 2.2 in any discipline but some parts require a higher grade or a specific subject.
You'll need to pass a number of different tests and go through various interview and assessment centres and it has been known for people to return to the application process even if they have been unsuccessful previously, so do not be disheartened if you do not succeed the first time.
Is it for you?
If you want to carve out a career in this field, you'd be hard pressed to find a better way to kick start your career than with the Fast Stream.
You'll be given excellent training and benefits and be exposed to so many different government departments and institutions. This means you'll gain an unrivalled knowledge of the inner workings of how the country works on a national and global scale.
Life beyond the Fast Stream?
After completing the programme (normally four years), Fast Stream entrants might be managing a multimillion-pound budget or taking the lead in drafting a government White Paper. You will be expected to become good leaders and managers regardless of where you end up.