I understand that the Fast Stream is a 3-5 year program, after which the goal is that fast streamers will be ready to take up a more senior position on the path to the senior civil service. But like any graduate scheme, there's obviously not going to be a 100% retention rate. Many graduates (at least in the private sector) switch roles a couple of years down the line. I can see how the Civil Service might be different but even so I'm sure there will be a number of people who may have had every intention to establish a career in the Civil Service but for whatever reason decide at that point (or before) to drop out. What do those that leave the Fast Stream go on to do?
Question is obviously more aimed at those who work or have worked in the Civil Service/ Fast Streamers ... not applicants
Last edited by Antzlck; 14-10-2011 at 18:41.
I've just done the verbal self assessment test and I'm annoyed that we aren't given the correct answers or any explanation of why one answer is correct instead of another. I've done practice tests on other sites and I don't agree with some of the answers. For example, if the text says 'there is some evidence that smokers are more likely to die of a heart attack' and the question is 'Smokers may die of a heart attack', the correct answer is 'cannot say'. But IMO it should be 'true' - the usage of the word may in itself implies that the statement might or might not be true. Even if there's only the tiniest bit of evidence or even doubt, they still may die of a heart attack. If the question was 'smokers are more likely to die of a heart attack than non-smokers', then I'd understand why it's 'cannot say'
Anyway, I was told that I was in the top 45% of candidates and that I have a reasonable chance of passing. Would be much more useful to receive actual feedback.
So do we have to take a practice test for each of the different schemes we're applying for?
Last edited by IzzyWizzy; 17-10-2011 at 11:40.