University: Masters in Project Management, University of Winchester and BA in History, University of York
This placement involves KCC employees working in partnership with external consultants to improve outcomes for members of the public who use Adult Social Care services.
This means I am able to learn from both KCC and external staff, and hope to bring some of the skills and methods of the external partners into my future work within the council. There is a focus on professional development and a forward-thinking approach to work which is welcome.
Although in the early stages, I am likely to be involved in or leading a project as part of the transformation programme. Not only should this be very challenging and rewarding, but will provide good project and change management experience.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme operational research stream
When I applied for this programme I was seeking to put my degree into practice as well as get some wider professional development - the Kent Graduate Programme clearly fits the bill. Public service was a key motivation in my previous career and I wanted to continue to be able to contribute; therefore working for a well-regarded county council presented a good opportunity to combine motivation with career development.
As a mature student, I would encourage those in a similar position not to hesitate in applying. Age has not been a barrier to working with the rest of the graduate cohort or other colleagues in the council.