Civil Service Mini-Guide

24/04/2017

The Civil Service works to support the UK government – implementing policy and delivering services for the general public – health, education, defence, the environment, pensions etc.

What is it?

The Civil Service works to support the UK government – implementing policy and delivering services for the general public – health, education, defence, the environment, pensions etc. If you’re passionate about public service then find out more about the variety of roles within the 170 different departments, such as statisticians, engineers, administrators and researchers to name but a few.

What skills and qualifications will I need?

The better your degree, the more likely you are to be successful in gaining the more prestigious roles. If you are looking for a specific department then a relevant degree will be more useful, but training is given across the majority of departments.

Graduates can move straight onto the ‘Fast Stream’ and bypass early stages of the system. It’s an accelerated leadership development programme providing highly talented graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to be senior leaders. Diversity is highly valued. There are roles within the Diplomatic Service, Houses of Parliament, Science & Engineering, Commercial, Financial, Human Resources, Generalist, Digital & Technology as well as a number of other Government specific services.

An interest in current affairs and politics, good communication skills and an ability to think broadly and responsibly for the future of society will all be useful skills to demonstrate.

If you are working for an MP as a researcher you may be involved in writing speeches or briefings, dealing with constituents, attend meetings and manage other staff. Impartiality is key as you’ll need to be politically neutral whilst carrying out your role – you will be working to deliver the Government’s wishes for the public in the best way, regardless of your own opinion.

What else do I need to know?

Project work for Internships can include – conducting research, assisting in the creation of policy documents and shadowing senior civil servants. You are also likely to take part in a number of meetings and parliamentary visits.

There are departments across the UK and salaries vary depending on the location. You may need to be flexible and geographically mobile in order to complete any training.

Top Tip

Attending the SDIP internship and being successful will enhance your prospects and allow you to move swiftly through the scheme. You’ll find out about the many different careers within the Civil Service.

Having an interest and awareness of politics is important, but you will be required to act impartially in your role.

Where can I get more information?

Find out about the Summer Diversity Internship Programme here https://www.faststream.gov.uk/summer-diversity-internship-programme/

Find out generally about the Fast Stream scheme here https://www.faststream.gov.uk