The Civil Service Fast Stream is an award-winning leadership programme, giving people the opportunity to contribute to fast-paced work that makes a difference to the whole of society. It develops people from a wide range of backgrounds who have the potential to become our future senior leaders. With 15 schemes, there is something to suit everyone!
In this blog post, King’s graduate and Civil Servant on the Digital, Data and Technology Fast Stream Programme, Kevin, tells us more about this prestigious programme.
Your Fast Stream ambassador team will be running a series of events to provide more information for anyone interested in applying for the Fast Stream or one of the Internship programmes in the coming academic year. Keep an eye on this blog, our social media, and King’s CareerConnect for upcoming opportunites.
What is it like being a Fast Streamer?
The Fast Stream is adventurous! The way the placements are structured means that you are always learning new things about the role, the business and the bigger picture. By the time you’ve settled down and developed proficiency, you’re often ready to move on to the next challenge. This is brilliant for development and networking.
What would you say to potential applicants?
It’s a good and fair application process, and even if you aren’t successful the first-time round, you can learn a huge amount about yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses, which can be useful in any future application, whether for the Fast Stream or elsewhere.
The King’s Careers Take: Kevin is absolutely right! Whether you’re successful of not, you’ll Discover so much about yourself, Focus on potential career paths, and develop your knowledge, attributes, skills and experience to become more employable and put your ideas into Action.
What’s been the best part of being a Fast Streamer so far?
Honestly, I think it does boil down to making an impact on society. It’s a brilliant feeling to be able to play a part in making things better for citizens, especially when you see that something you’ve done directly affects current affairs. It’s exciting when you see something that was agreed in parliament directly ripple into your work just a few hours later.
How does your work make a difference in the real world?
I previously worked at a function of the Cabinet Office that owns the GOV.UK website, the single access point for citizens to interact with the Government. We worked on a major project with policy experts from across different government departments to create a ‘get ready for Brexit’ tool that prepared citizens and businesses in the event of a no-deal.
What events are happening on campus next month?
11/02/20 – Discover Careers in Social Research
Even if you can’t attend the Discover Careers in… panel events in person, you can listen back to recordings on KEATS!
Have questions? Join our KCL Fast Stream Ambassadors Facebook group. Your KCL ambassadors are here to answer your questions.
You can pre-register your interest for the Fast Stream application window in the Autumn now via our Fast Stream website.