If you’ve recently graduated from university or you’re in your final year of study, having to find your way in the workplace can be a daunting prospect. There is a huge variety of positions available, providing a choice of career paths. Working for a local council or other public sector organisation can provide a number of benefits for career-minded graduates. For those searching for graduate public sector jobs in Cumbria, what are the options?
Securing a Public Sector Role
Many young people often believe that local government is no longer a secure option, but even with the cuts to funding they are still recruiting. There are two main routes for graduates who are looking for public sector jobs in Cumbria. You can go through the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP). This handles graduate recruitment for councils nationwide. Alternatively, you can apply to a council directly.
If you’re unsure of the type of position that you would be best suited to, the NGDP could be beneficial. This enables you to explore a number of departments through a placement programme with an authority. Applications are accepted from November each year, with the deadline in January.
There are some councils which operate independent graduate schemes, and you can apply directly for these. The number of placements and the length of the scheme will vary, but many senior managers were recruited through these types of programmes.
The Necessary Skills
Some graduates will come into the training programmes with a specialist degree, including town planning and social work. However, local authorities are looking for a range of skills that can be learnt across the disciplines, such as clear communication, effective planning, a desire to help local communities and the ability to work in a team.
Once you have secured your first public sector role, you’ll be able to build up your experience and knowledge of the work. This will enable you to move your way up to a higher level or transfer your skills to a different position.
Within the Recruitment Cumbria team we have a dedicated group of experienced public sector consultants. If you’re looking to take your first or next step on the career ladder, we can help you find the best public sector jobs in Cumbria.