University: University of Exeter, Philosophy and Theology (BA Hons.)
I am currently on my third placement of the scheme which is with the Resilience and Emergency Planning Service. In this placement I am working as the Brexit Project Officer for the Kent Resilience Forum, which is a multi-agency organisation working to improve resilience in Kent. This has given me a unique opportunity to experience multi-agency partnership working and see how the work we do links with other local organisations, such as Kent Police, the Kent Fire and Rescue service and the district and borough councils.
The aims of the project I am working on are to assess the potential impacts of Brexit on Kent, ensure that plans are in place to deal with these impacts, and ensure that key partners are informed and prepared. This is providing me with unique opportunities to experience stakeholder engagement and management, communications planning, and threat and risk assessment and management.
As part of the graduate programme, I recently gained a qualification with the Association of Project Management. Working on such a large scale project is providing me with the opportunity to put some of the project management processes and techniques I learnt about in to practice. I am also currently working towards a CMI Level 5 Apprenticeship in Management.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream
I applied for the management stream at Kent County Council because I really liked the idea that graduates could experience four different placements and gain an understanding of several different areas of local government. This makes the graduate scheme very varied and interesting which I think is unique to the Kent Graduate Programme.
There is also a lot of support provided as part of the programme which really appealed to me. Each graduate is given a mentor, who stays with you throughout the two years and a buddy from the graduate intake above.
There is also a big emphasis on personal development, the graduates complete an APM and CMI qualification as part of the programme and there are lots of opportunities to develop skills and gain new experiences. It’s also a really sociable programme. Every Tuesday we have a graduate development day which gives the graduates time to work together on a separate project and get to know each other really well.