Life After University…
Me again! I’m glad to be back temporarily to share a life after university update, though after this post I will no longer have access to my login details so if you have any questions, please do not ask them in the comments box or via the inbox feature – I am happy to chat via the options mentioned below.
In major updates, a few months ago, I passed my driving test!! Anyone who knows me will know that this is massively long overdue, but hey, better late than never right? In slightly more interesting news though;
I have a job!! I actually began working 6 months ago but as last week marked the end of my probation, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on how things are going.
I am a Civil Servant currently working on policy in the Department for Education. I work alongside amazing individuals with a shared goal of making sure that everyone has the chance to reach their potential, whatever their background. I am so grateful to have found a job that motivates me enough to not want to hit the snooze button early in the morning…
*First day at work*
My first few weeks were difficult, though if anything Warwick has taught me, it is to be confident getting out of my comfort zone. The work I do is engaging and varied (I can now see what Civil Servants mean by “every day is different”). Whilst working against tight deadlines is challenging, I have found that those challenges align well with my skills and interests.
Why the Civil Service?
Politics was one of my A-level subjects, being taught by an incredible teacher *big shout out to Mr Allen* who definitely influenced my decision in many ways. Mr Allen recognised my interest in the field and was always sharing opportunities with me – which in turn, ensured that I never lost sight of those ambitions.
Following on from my A-levels, when looking at university choices many years ago, the decision to study Politics came very naturally. I enjoy keeping up with current affairs, reading up on political theory, debating, and dare I say, writing essays – all traits of a politics student. Studying the subject at a higher level simply reinforced my interest and so applying for a policy role in the Civil Service just felt like another natural progression to kickstart my career. Whilst education policy really interests me, so does the strong encouragement on “moving around” different policy areas in the Civil Service to broaden my knowledge and experiences.
Advice to those of you considering a career in the Civil Service:
Go for it!
If you have made the decision to work in the Civil Service, explore the different routes available – and don’t be fixed on one specific route. Practise online verbal reasoning and competency tests, master the competency interview questions through practice, and most crucially, be true to yourself – the Civil Service wants to get to know you during the recruitment process. Don’t feel like you need to be a textbook example of what you think they are looking for.
*A shout out to my parents and sister* who have played a big role in achieving my goals – my journey wouldn’t have been possible without their support, and whilst I don’t mention it often, I am grateful, always.
Similarly, being a blogger has played a key role in my four years as a student and so knowing that somebody is actually reading them is pretty sweet. So thank you to those of you who have read either one post or followed my entire journey *massive shout outs*
If you would like to follow my journey into the real world, talk about university life, studying abroad, applying for jobs, *anything really* – feel free to connect with me via Twitter – @shanitajetha or via LinkedIn, by searching my name – Shanita Jetha. I am more than happy to help you in any way that I can.
This time it isn’t quite a see you but a farewell, though perhaps I may just see you on another blogging platform in the future…
Shanita 🙂 xo