University: University of Kent, Economics (BSc)
I am currently completing my third graduate placement with the Infrastructure team in Economic Development. The role of this team is to work with developers to reduce the negative impact that planned developments have on local infrastructure and to maximise opportunities to improve local infrastructure where possible. I am working on a particular project to refresh the ‘Guide to Developer Contributions’. The guide outlines how we will collect contributions from developers where there is a need for our services to increase provision as a result of new developments. The Infrastructure team uses this guide to collect contributions on behalf of services including education, libraries and archives and adult social care.
The current guide is now out of date, and growing pressure on our finances means that we need to look for more services who may be eligible to receive contributions. This will involve engaging with services to find out their current needs and translating these needs into methodology to calculate and collect contributions. I am enjoying working on such a vital piece of work that will support services across the council to function as effectively as possible for those who need it.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream
After studying a module in Public Economics at University, I knew that I wanted to work in local government. I was attracted by the opportunity to use my skills to contribute to make a difference to the area that I live in. However, I was not sure what area of local government I wanted to work in due to the vast amount of responsibilities that councils cover.
I came across the Kent Graduate Programme whilst searching for jobs in the public sector. I was immediately attracted by the opportunity to work in four different areas of the council. The programme will allow me to gain a varied experience in a short amount of time, which will give me a versatile skill set and a clearer idea of where I want to take my career in local government.
I was also attracted by the prospects of gaining new recognised and valuable qualifications. I am able to study for the qualifications provided by the programme while I am earning money and gaining work based skills at the same time. The programme is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other graduates from varied disciplines with similar interests to your own. This gives the programme a social aspect and I have really benefited from having other graduates to talk to and share experiences with as the programme develops.