University: Durham University, Law (MJur, LLB Hons)
I am currently based within Adult Social Care’s (ASC) Learning Disability Transformation team working within the Outcome Focussed Practitioner team to roll out the new processes, methods and tools to enable care managers to conduct the best possible care and support plan reviews. The project also involves the removal of any barriers to this objective being achieved.
This role has already required me to upskill my data analysis and Microsoft Excel skills to identify trends in the existing data. It has simultaneously given me the opportunity to practice presenting and sharing a vision with groups of social-care practitioners. Practicing many aspects of project management, gained through completing the Association for Project Management (APM) exam, has also been essential to the role. In the first fortnight I was required to map all the project’s stakeholders, identifying those considered key to the project’s success.
Through working in this ASC transformation team, I am getting an unparalleled insight into many areas of Kent County Council’s largest directorate. It is also whetting my appetite for a future career in transformation and project management.
In my second placement, I was seated with Infrastructure and Property, Strategy and Commissioning. Following the commissioning of Gen2, as an arms-length local authority trading company, we had a pivotal role to play in ensuring KCC’s estates are being efficiently and strategically managed.
Within this team I was involved in a number of projects. Firstly, I supported the transfer of all asset utilization data to SharePoint, as well as developing a geographic cluster template in order to present this data in an accessible format. I was also tasked with developing a master spreadsheet for tracking room reallocations across the County.
Finally, I was involved in the initial stages of rethinking KCC’s parking strategy. This required me to undertake some high level commissioning activities, where I was in close talks with car parking companies, discussing the potential to take over the management of KCC’s car parks.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream
My reasoning for both studying law and applying for the Kent Graduate Management Stream stemmed from a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable members of our society. I saw a job in the public sector as an excellent opportunity to realise this objective.
Second to this, I could find no better and more supported opportunity to develop my own skill sets and knowledge of the multitude of functions fulfilled by the public sector. Through rotating between four separate placements I hope to cultivate an understanding as to where my own personal interests and strengths lie. It is my belief that developing such an insight at the early stages of one’s career is a springboard for success.