Remember: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Remember: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Monday, 20th of November

Remember: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
The Fast Stream and Diversity Internship applications have now closed!!!

Congratulations to those who were successful in their applications! 

With so many opportunities yet competition, it begs the question: What makes an application successful?


  • Be yourself
  • Be honest
  • Know your strengths 
  • Turn your weaknesses into strengths!
    •   I.e. Weakness: Introvert/Quiet
       Turn it into a Strength: Careful, Thoughtful, and Self-Sufficient
  • Research, Research, Research
    • Research the company/organization you applying to. Research the role or graduate programme you’re applying to join. Knowledge is power. 
  • Prepare & Practice
    • Prepare your answers to anticipated questions.
    • Practice interviews, aptitude tests or assessment centre scenarios if you are expected to complete them during the application process. 

Please Note: You are able to practice a Fast Stream Situation Judgement Questionnaire at: 

  • Believe in yourself!

Application Tips

Have you already thought about applying to any of the Fast Stream schemes or internship programmes? 

Make the most of the upcoming months and build on your Civil Service competencies. 

This just might be the Blog edition you need to give your Civil Service applications an Oomph!

The Civil Service is looking for Innovative, Determined and Motivated individuals, who want to make a difference and are passionate about contributing to all areas of its public service.

1) Changing and innovating

People who take initiative, are innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change. It’s about
learning from what has worked as well as what has not, being open to change and improvement, and working in ‘smarter’, more focused ways.

2)     Leading and Communicating

This is about showing pride and passion for public service, communicating purpose and direction with clarity,
integrity, and enthusiasm. It’s about championing difference and external experience, and supporting principles
of fairness of opportunity for all.

3)     Learning and developing

This area is about having a strong focus on continuous learning for oneself, others and the organisation. It’s
being open to learning, about keeping one’s own knowledge and skill set current and evolving.

4)     Deciding and advising

This area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and
professional decisions and advice. It’s being careful and thoughtful about the use and protection of government
and public information to ensure it is handled securely and with care.

5)     Working with others

People skilled in this area are team players. It requires working collaboratively, sharing information
appropriately and building supportive, trusting and professional relationships with colleagues and a wide range
of people within and outside the Civil Service, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.

6) Delivering outcomes

Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking
responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. For all staff, it’s about working to agreed goals and
activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.

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