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.
You need a minimum of five GCSEs.
I start work anytime between 8am and 9.30am and leave anytime between 3.30pm
It’s casual - you can wear what you want.
Don’t go into the Civil Service if you want to be a millionaire!
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.
You must have good team working skills. Effective communication skills
are important too, and your IT skills must be up to scratch.
The holidays and flexi-time (time off work basically!).
The pay’s not as good as people think, and it can be quite a stressful
job depending on which department you’re in.