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:
- DWP Digital and Technology Graduate or Industrial Placement Scheme
- HMRC Tax Professional Programme
- Department for Transport Commercial Fast Track
- MoD Information Graduate Scheme
- Defence Engineering and Science Graduate Scheme
- Defence Commercial Graduate Programme
- DFID Graduate Development Scheme
- Government Statistical Service Data Scientists & Statistical Officers
- Often seen on Civil Service Jobs is HMRC Social Researcher.
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/