Posted on February 29, 2024

Sixth Form students empowered by the Civil Services

Our Politics students attended an event organised by the Department for Education in Sheffield to raise awareness of the careers available in the Civil Service.

The students listened to a talk around the various ways that they can build a career within the Civil Service and the vast amount of opportunities available to them. They also took part in a speed networking session, which enabled them to question several Civil Servants on their current role.

Students also participated in a question-and-answer session with Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service; and Susan Acland-Hood, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, where they discussed their personal journeys in the Civil Service.

Alana Brothers, a current English Language and Literature, History and Politics A Level student, said: “I enjoyed hearing about all the different careers in the Civil Service and I learned about all the different job roles in the department. These talks will help as they talked about how they got into this career which gave me information on my future after College. One thing I will take away is how significant the Civil Service is for the government.”

Joseph McHale, a current Law, History and Politics A Level student, added: “I learned that there are many more roles than people realise in the Civil Service and once you manage to secure a place in the Civil Service, there are plenty more opportunities that open up for you, as well as the freedom to move between departments to get the most out of your career.

“The talks will help me in my studies as it opened my eyes to what my current options from my subjects can entail once I leave College as well as by getting involved in extra-curriculum activities in College, it helps build up skills that the Department for Education look for in interviews.”