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What we look for in a graduate
Our Policy Advisers come from a wide range of backgrounds. You should be on course to achieve, or will already have a 2:1 degree in any discipline. You may even have some work experience under your belt. Now you're looking for a role that offers high levels of responsibility and influence.
Join us as a Policy Adviser and we'll value your analytical mind, your ability to see the bigger picture, and your excellent communication skills.
How we recruit
1. Our recruitment process for our Policy Adviser roles consists for 4 stages:
Online application: you will need to complete a form which will include your personal details, as well as answers to some eligibility question and diversity information. You will also be asked to provide details about your academics and work experience. Further to that you will be asked to provide short and concise answers to a couple of competency questions.
2. Should you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to complete a range of online tests. They're designed to assess relevant skills.
3. Should you be successful after the online tests, your competency answers will be reviewed.
4. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre in January or February 2016. This will include a presentation, written case study and an interview. You will also have the opportunity to meet us and ask any questions.
At every stage of the selection process, we will ask you to let us know about any adjustments you require so that you can take part fully in the selection activities.
How long does the application process take?
The application window for our Policy Adviser roles opens up on the 28 September 2015 and will remain open until 6 November 2015. Following eligibility sift, if you're successful you'll be invited to complete an online assessment by November 2015. If you pass these assessments we'll assess your competency question responses. If successful, we'll invite you to one of our assessment centres which will take place in January or February 2016.
When will I find out if I've been successful?
You will receive notification in March 2016 after all assessment centres have been completed.
It's quite daunting when you first arrive. There's a lot going on and you've got to get up to speed as quickly as possible. But there's a lot of training and support. I've had lots of training opportunities, from a basic introduction to the Civil Service to learning the specific approach you need to take to writing official documents.
Having an understanding of economics does help in the day to day business of what the Treasury does, but it's not a requirement for a reason. There are dedicated economists who can teach you the level of economics that you'll need for your job, so it's not something you should be concerned about.
You generally do an 18 month rotation in a job. My current role involves working with people in the department and across Whitehall to consolidate all their positions and take these into international negotiations. It relies a lot on my people skills and the social element - I have to work well with people and get to know them.
If you're looking for something that's challenging, rewarding and will give you a good avenue to develop yourself professionally, I'd definitely recommend it. It's rare in central government to be able to work on such a range of different issues. So don't be daunted by the name - just go for it.
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