University: University of East Anglia, Politics and Economics (BSc Hons)
I am currently seconded out of KCC to Invicta Law, working as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer.
Invicta Law is a Local Authority Trading Company (LATCO), set up earlier in 2017 from what was formally in-house as Kent Legal Services. The company is wholly owned by KCC, and works across many specialisms to deliver high quality legal advice back to every part of the Council (and beyond).
There is a great deal of variety to my role. I liaise with one of our main providers and deliver recommendations on purchasing decisions, oversee the organisation of staff training sessions, collate and provide analysis on our client feedback, and either lead on or assist with various HR initiatives relating to our transition from the public sector to private practice. Additionally, I attend a number of meetings alongside the Chief Operating Officer, and when he is unavailable, will attend on his behalf.
This secondment is proving invaluable to my development in many areas, including building effective professional working relationships (both on the provider and client-sides), time management, organisational skills, and liaising with senior officers.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream
I’d been attracted to the idea of working in the public sector since I was about 15, when it struck me that I could be contributing directly towards society’s general welfare as well as improving value for money for the taxpayer. The Kent Graduate Management Programme was (and still is) one of the most established and most sought after local authority graduate schemes. This is largely aided by the variety of placements (4 x 6 month) we are exposed to on the programme, as well as the immediate responsibility and accountability expected of the graduates upon arrival.
The recruitment process also made clear the that the programme offers an APM Project Management qualification in Year 1 and a CMI Level 7 qualification in Year 2 of the programme, which gave me even more belief that I can really gain the skills over the period to set me on my way to becoming an effective and successful manager in the organisation further down the line.