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Interview factsheet: 4 of 15 Duane Roberts
Duane Roberts
Job: Civil servant
Name: Duane Roberts, Age: 23, From: Strabane Quote  ‘The Civil Service offers you the chance to take a career break of up to three years...’
Duane Roberts
Key Skills
5 out of 5Communication 5 out of 5Improving learning and ability
2 out of 5IT 2 out of 5Problem solving
4 out of 5Application of number 4 out of 5Working with others
 

The lowdown

I left school after doing my A-levels. I took a year out before doing a degree in art. But this fell through so I worked in a factory for two months and then worked in a shop for ten months. Then I got into the Civil Service where I’ve been for about four years.

What you need

You need a minimum of five GCSEs.

My typical day

I start work anytime between 8am and 9.30am and leave anytime between 3.30pm and 6pm.

Dress code

It’s casual - you can wear what you want.

Cash register £££££

Don’t go into the Civil Service if you want to be a millionaire!

Why I love my job

It’s a very secure job and I like the flexi-time - you can work really long hours for part of the week to get a half day or full day off on another day. There are good holidays. The Civil Service offers you the chance to take a career break of up to three years, which is a really great opportunity to go off and explore things yet know you can still come back to your job.

Useful skills

You must have good team working skills. Effective communication skills are important too, and your IT skills must be up to scratch.

Cool perks

The holidays and flexi-time (time off work basically!).

Spill the beans!

The pay’s not as good as people think, and it can be quite a stressful job depending on which department you’re in.

 
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