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Civil Service Fast Stream – Analytical opportunities and diversity internships

civil service fast streamTwo reminders…….

For those interested in what is known as the Analytical Fast Stream (for economists, statisticians, social researchers  or analysts) Round 2 of applications will open on 16 Feb 2015 and close on 7 April 2015.

There are 2 diversity opportunities on offer (diversity here means being from an economically disadvantaged background or being a disabled person or ethnic minority) . I have written about these opportunities on the Careers Blog before at City, but again just want to promote them as a brilliant opportunity that would give you an edge with your applications for the Fast Stream in the future. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THESE OPPORTUNITIES ENOUGH.  Applications for the Early Diversity Internship Programme close on 17 Nov 2014 and applications for the Summer Diversity Internship Programmes close on the 5 Jan 2014.

https://www.gov.uk/faststream – Read more about the different departments and roles. The Fast Stream is the graduate scheme for the Civil Service. It is an extremely competitive scheme that attracts high performers. It will especially appeal to those who also have an interest in politics.  https://www.gov.uk/civil-service-fast-stream-how-to-apply

https://www.facebook.com/faststream – use this to keep up to date

 

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Interested in a career in the EU Civil Service?

Last Friday, myself and undegraduate International Politics student Sebastian Vogt visited the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  (FCO) to learn about the brilliant career  opportunities that working for the European Union offers. The Commission is looking for top quality graduates from a wide variety of degree disciplines  including Politics, Science, Business and Law. Administrators (as first level graduate  employees are known) play an important part in drafting policies, together with analytical and advisory work. The roles vary depending on what EU Institution they are working in, whether it is the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament etc.

Competition for posts is severe and  no wonder, with the variety, challenge and early responsibility these roles offer graduates, as well  as an attractive starting salary of around 40 000 Euros pa. British applicants are, however, in high demand and experience less competion for places than other nationalities. In fact, the term used was “desperate!”. All applicants need to speak fluent English, French or German. The second language does not need to be as fluent – a good A Level grade is a guideline. Continue Reading