1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am part of a team that does blanket recruitment across all government departments nationwide, recruiting between 750-1000. I do not have set day to day tasks as we tend to do work as it comes. This is because we rely a lot on volunteers and cannot predict what each day will entail.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am currently working towards a level 4 qualification in Business Administration. To achieve this I have 1 learning session per month where a tutor will teach and provide information that we then use to write our assignments with.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It is extremely high pressured job and qualification but once you figure out the right work/life balance it is very enjoyable. The qualification is hard but there is a lot of support.
4. How valued do you feel by Civil Service?
9/10 time I do feel appreciated and valued, but when there are very busy periods and you are working long hours management can forget that you have a life outside of work.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Due to the size of the organisation there are some things that aren't always to deadline i.e. starting the qualification and induction- but generally it is organised
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Not a lot but the level of qualification that you are completing does require some level of independence. Also there are a lot of people on the scheme so time needs to be split.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
A lot they are very keen for us to complete the qualification and time is made for us to do it.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The starting salary is ridiculously good. Paid the same as colleagues at the same level as you and not an apprentice wage. Can afford to do anything and buy anything.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are a lot of chances to job shadow and also get involved in local schools and career events. The only downside with the career events is that a lot are in London.
9. Would you recommend Civil Service to a friend?
A lot of job variety and opportunities due the vast number of departments. The holiday entitlement and flexible working is extremely good.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Civil Service?
Don't get your heart set on a certain department. There are so many different sub businesses within departments that there is so much variety in what you can do.
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