Not sure on this. I'd try emailing them and asking maybe. I know most employers tend to honour holidays already booked when you start cos I've always been asked if I have any booked so they can sort time off. But not sure about start date.
(Original post by more tea vicar?)
I'm trying to plan a holiday between finishing my current job and starting on the Faststream.
What sort of start dates do you think there might be? This probably depends on department?
Do we have any choice about when we start, within reason of course?
Do you think if I booked something now, that later on clashed with the start date by a little, the Faststream would mind that much?
I'd be interested to know though cos I'm thinking of leaving my current job and going away for the summer before starting if I can.
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Having read a lot of Prince Rhyus' posts he's talked a lot about moving sideways. As popular as the FCO is within the fast stream itself, there must be a lot of people who move departments and/or stay in whitehall based jobs due to family commitments. I think if you are flexible and show commitment/capability to be productive in an international setting, you stand a good chance of moving across permanently or on secondment. It's just something to consider for those of you that would like posting abroad, it's always a good idea to put your eggs in a few baskets
(Original post by lm222)
more generally, I reckon if you consistently show engagement and interest for international aspects of whichever dept you get, you'll be putting yourself in a good position for any foreign posting that does eventually come up.
Actually just a thought, with the UKBA and the UK Border Force separating, it could be a really good time to go in to that area. A lot of infrastructure and policy to set up, probably paired with a lot of opportunities if you do a good job, I would have thought.
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Yes, I too have passed through the crucible. It was not the worst experience, but knowing that one had to be at the top of one's game made for some stress. My interviewer was not too bad, lots of probing questions around the 2 competencies were asked, and I found the briefing exercise more enjoyable when I was responding to challenges than when I was presenting.
Expenses updated, AR. Hope I am successful. And I hope the guy who flew in from China is, too.
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