The following is a Graduate Review for Kent County Council.
Kent County Council scores 3.6/5 based on 48 reviews.
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What are the Best and Worst things about your job?
- Chance to undertake different placements in different departments.
- Chance to work with other graduates on group projects.
- I'm given real responsibility and own the pieces of work I am tasked with.
- Gain two qualifications.
- Lots of support provided.
- Excellent induction week.
- Combination of team and solo work.
- Opportunity for flexible working across different offices or work from home.
- Various training opportunities as part of different placements.
- Exposure to senior management and political members.
- Opportunity to work with partner organisations, e.g. Kent Fire and Rescue and Thames Gateway Partnership.
- Can be difficult to balance placement work with assignment deadlines for the qualifications we study for.
- A larger proportion of placements are usually in Adult Social Care but this is not an area of interest for all of the graduates.
- Not enough input in the successful placement bids that are selected - these are all selected by senior managers.
What is the annual salary for this role?
Starting salary: £23,000 - £25,000
Current salary: £25,000 - £27,000
What hours do you actually work, on average?
What advice would you give to someone applying to this role?
- Be honest about why you want to work in the public sector and what you hope to gain from this.
- Emphasise personal development - e.g. outline the skills you have and the skills you'd like to develop.
- Give examples of when you have been forward thinking and open to change.
- Give examples of effective teamwork, and when you have lead teams or projects.
Do you have any interview tips?
- The majority of my interview questions were competency based, e.g. 'give me an example of when you have...'
- Try and prepare examples of various different things you have done so you're not repeating yourself in the interview.
- Think of examples of where you have effectively dealt with, and embraced, change.
- Think of examples of where you have used initiative and put yourself forward for something.
- I was also asked how I cope with stress, and we were asked to complete a personality questionnaire prior to the interview so some of the questions referenced answers provided in this.
- Be honest in your answers. The application process is lengthy so any discrepancies or dishonesty will be spotted.
- If you get to the end of your interview and suddenly think of a better answer to a question you've already answered, don't be afraid to ask the interviewers if you can go back to that question and answer it again. I did that for one of the questions I was asked and the interviewers were more than happy to re-visit any previous questions.
Graduate, Land at Barratt Developments
, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council