John Hockley

I wanted to be involved in decisions that would make a difference to the lives of people in Kent.

Age: 27

University: BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, Brighton University.

I am currently working on a commissioning review which is investigating where we are in terms of commissioning.  This piece of work has enabled me to get a good grounding in this sector of work and the governance structure that supports this.

Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme operational research stream

I wanted to be involved in decisions that would make a difference to the lives of people in Kent. Working as an operational researcher allows you to influence strategic decisions and be at the centre of change.

KCC is one of the largest local authorities in the country, and provides more services than I could have ever imagined. This provides you with the opportunity to be exposed to various different areas of the business, and meet a wide range of people.

Having worked for a number of years after university, I was amazed at the emphasis KCC places on personal and professional development. As a graduate you will feel valued and are fully involved in shaping your own career, which is invaluable to any graduate.

Current Placement

Strategic Business Development and Intelligence

You should apply if...

  • you enjoy a challenge - KCC faces a number of challenges in the coming years and you will be at the forefront of tackling these
  • you enjoy autonomy – as an operational research graduate you will be handed responsibility early on and be expected to make decisions on your own (however, there is always help available)
  • you will be adaptable - working in operational research means you may be working in various areas of the organisation, and so being comfortable with change and multiple projects is key.

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