Where can I get a job?
Local council websites are a great place to start. Councils don’t always advertise their vacancies with recruitment companies, so there’s often a stash of hidden jobs for those willing to do the click-work.
There’s also the usual cache of websites to check
out – jobsinpublicsector.co.uk and publicjobsdirect.co.uk are the first port of call. Many major recruitment websites also have dedicated sections for public sector jobs; gradfutures.com in particular has an excellent section on graduate schemes available.
If you fancy yourself as a real high-flyer and are after something with a little responsibility, then look into the civil service fast-track programme. Selection is intense as you’ll be put in at the top from day one, but you’ll have the chance to make a real difference.
Finally, if you’re interested in going into central government, for example working in parliament, then consider an internship with a local MP. Though not always paid, it’s a quick way to get your foot in the door and get yourself