Lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates

I recently attended a very informative Careers Service briefing at HM Treasury. I’ll hope to share other findings from this in a later post, but for now the focus is on a really interesting element of their presentation: lesser known Civil Service opportunities for graduates.

Linsey Chrisman, Graduate Outreach Manager at HMT, highlighted that there’s more Graduate Schemes within the Civil Service than just the Fast Stream. However, some programmes are lesser known for different reasons, such as governmental restrictions around website content and departmental advertising budgets.

The following, potentially lesser known, programmes cover a wide range of career interests:

Linsey also shared another interesting aspect of Civil Service graduate scheme recruitment: that some programmes make offers of jobs at the grade below to ‘near misses’. For example, within the Fast Stream recruitment process, candidates who score marginally below the overall benchmark at the assessment centre may be offered roles at Executive Officer grade, one level below Fast Stream. This happens across other programmes, but again, is lesser known. As a result, candidates should try their best to perform as strongly across all the different aspects of the assessment centre as possible.

To learn more about the HMT graduate scheme, visit http://www.hmtreasurycareers.com/

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on UoE Physics Careers Blog and commented:
    Good post from my colleague about lesser known opportunities in the Civil Service. In view of what you develop through studying physics, physicists might be interested in Digital & Technology, Defence Engineering & Science and Statistical Service Data Science.


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