The Civil Service has a mystique about it, and in some ways rightly so. The service recruits thousands of people every year and gets far more applicants than it has positions available. The work is interesting and varied, they have a dedicated graduate scheme (called the Fast Stream) and the progression opportunities are excellent. Because of all of this, it’s extremely competitive and can be difficult to land a role. They also have quite a complicated recruitment process. Today, I’m going to go through that and give you some tips on how you can maximise your chances.
The thing to research, first of all, is the Fast Stream; their graduate programme is comprehensive in that it exposes you to various different parts of the service, helping you find your place. As a graduate, you’ll need a 2:1 in any degree scheme – that’s your starting point. You can find all sorts of information on the roles and requirements here: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/civil-service-fast-streamer