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SoundTracks is the fortnightly podcast brought to you by UofG Careers and Alumni, that’s jam-packed with sound advice from our graduate world-changers to help keep your career on track. Join hosts Kez and Rosie as they take you on a tour with awesome alumni all over the world to share their career journey.

From side hustles and social enterprises to surviving freelance, creating social, creative and scientific impact, plus big city living around the globe. Our alumni guests will share their career highs, lows and everything in between!

In each episode, you’ll be sure to get the inside track with industry insights, practical ideas and honest advice. It’s the must-have soundtrack to your career journey. 

Dec 13, 2022

In this special two-part episode get the inside track on working in the civil service from two recent graduates who both made early career changes into policy roles.  

Neither Claire nor Cristina did the Civil Service fast stream programme. They found their own paths. In this episode, we take a deep dive into what these unconventional routes can look like: what inspired them to work in government, the application process, and important knowledge and insight learnt along the way.  

Claire found the application and interview process clear and simple, but it took her a few attempts before landing her first role. Taking on feedback and persevering paid off, resulting in an environment she finds supportive, open, and filled with opportunities. Claire shares her tips for mastering the STAR approach to applications and how to build up a bank of examples that showcase your skills and experience.  

Cristina has worked in several high-profile departments including the cabinet office and the treasury and hasn’t shied away from challenging policy topics, such as crisis including Brexit, covid and climate change. Throughout the episode, she shares her knowledge of government, introduces us to civil service culture, and explains what team dynamics she thrives in. As she's progressed, Cristina has learnt to have confidence in her knowledge and skills whilst not being afraid to ask questions of the experts. Her advice to herself? Put less pressure on yourself, be kinder, and avoid comparing yourself to others.