Hey there Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Fast Stream 2012

Announcements Posted on
Post on TSR and win a prize! Find out more... 10-04-2014
Interview discussion rules - please read before posting! 12-01-2013
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by rach2012)
    At least you've not got too long to wait. I've developed proper mood swings over this wait in the last couple of months. One minute I think I'm okay to wait, the fact that I'm still here after so many narrowings must mean I did okay and it'll be worth the wait if I get in.
    BUT one click onto my fast stream homepage with "0 messages" and 5 mins later I'm cursing the wait, saying how bad it is to keep people waiting that long and thinking I'd rather know now either way!! Unfortunately for the nice people on this forum I tend to log on here after the fast stream website so they get the brunt of it lol
    I was originally supposed to attend on 2nd feb but had to rearrange otherwise I think I would be having a major breakdown by now had I been waiting all that time!
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Long time lurker here!

    I applied last year and got immediately rejected due to the online skills tests (mmm, ranked in the *bottom* 4% for the competency section, I didn't realise it was a test!).

    This year: Re-applied on the 30th November, completed e-Tray the week before Christmas (immediately successful) and FSAC on 13th Feb. Through to TiB FSB with 18.39 (rejected from CD at the first stage as with last year, almost certainly due to my competency section again). Lowest competencies 2.88, highest 3.25.

    I must say that I've really enjoyed the process so far - the e-Tray and FSAC were both very engaging and stimulating activities! I really enjoyed the Briefing exercise, and was less comfortable with the second policy rec exercise (mismanaged my time with the reading, rookie mistake!).

    Echoing what others have said, the FSAC report is really useful; in-depth and with good identification of your strengths and weaknesses.

    (Oh, and in terms of age, I'm pretty much the same age as Stomm )

    Good luck to those still awaiting results (and to those with FSBs), and to those that were unsuccessful, unlucky - but just like with the driving test, failing once can be so much of a learning experience that the second time round the odds are that you'll probably fare better
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Just got my FSAC report back, turned out I scored quite low, 14.15, but there were some very useful feedback and I plan on utilising them the best I can.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by richardp2020)
    I saw a table somewhere that totalled up the number of posting abroad for fast streamers within the different departments.
    You will probably be interested in http://www.publications.parliament.u...4/1284we04.htm

    It shows what presence other government departments have on the FCO's platform overseas - however, it is all civil servants and not just Fast Streamers.

    Also, some of the figures may be slightly misleading, i.e.:

    - 40% of UKBA slots are supposed to go to FCO staff;
    - UKTI is 'co-owned' by BIS and the FCO who both provide the majority of the staff.

    I lived in Japan for four years, so hopefully if I get through that will act in my favour
    I'll send you a PM about this - I'd be interested in your experiences in Japan.. as I'm due to go there shortly..
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by gt94sss2)
    You will probably be interested in http://www.publications.parliament.u...4/1284we04.htm

    It shows what presence other government departments have on the FCO's platform overseas - however, it is all civil servants and not just Fast Streamers.

    Also, some of the figures may be slightly misleading, i.e.:

    - 40% of UKBA slots are supposed to go to FCO staff;
    - UKTI is 'co-owned' by BIS and the FCO who both provide the majority of the staff.
    That's really interesting thanks. Even minus the 40% FCO allocation that still leaves 1000 overseas roles within the UKBA, seems like if you wanted to go in that direction you could. Guess if I make it through the TiB FSB, I'm going to choose FCO, HO, DFID, BIS in that order.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Hi guys,

    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?

    Cheers all
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by richardp2020)
    That's really interesting thanks. Even minus the 40% FCO allocation that still leaves 1000 overseas roles within the UKBA, seems like if you wanted to go in that direction you could. Guess if I make it through the TiB FSB, I'm going to choose FCO, HO, DFID, BIS in that order.
    Not certain that fast streamers are really involved in the border control agency or serious organised crime abroad!! Its a shame, but it does make me think as a GFS there really arent many opportuities for a global posting..
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by more tea vicar?)
    Hi guys,

    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?

    Cheers all
    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.

    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.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Probably not, but I'd rather be in a department with significant foreign postings than one with none, even if I'm unlikely to get posted to them
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ellie_flower)
    Not certain that fast streamers are really involved in the border control agency or serious organised crime abroad!! Its a shame, but it does make me think as a GFS there really arent many opportuities for a global posting..
    http://faststream.civilservice.gov.u...Nilesh-Parekh/

    admittedly its still in London... but it does seem there's a chance FS people do border control.

    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.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by lm222)
    http://faststream.civilservice.gov.u...Nilesh-Parekh/

    admittedly its still in London... but it does seem there's a chance FS people do border control.

    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.
    Thanks
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    In relation to starting date. I emailed as I was thinking of taking a holiday in June and was told it would be late summer. That is for the northern Ireland scheme but I'm sure they would be able to answer the same query for other schemes.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by F6053721)
    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.

    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.
    (Original post by Moonberry)
    In relation to starting date. I emailed as I was thinking of taking a holiday in June and was told it would be late summer. That is for the northern Ireland scheme but I'm sure they would be able to answer the same query for other schemes.
    Thanks both of you - will email them. I'm hopefully heading off to Australia for a couple of months but it looks like I would only be back in the UK mid October so I hope that's ok.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Wonder if there will be any news today???
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (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.
    Definitely 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

    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.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Anybody home?
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    From time to time. It seems this week I've actually got papers to submit so shouldn't be wasting too much time on this. Evidza was it your FSAC yesterday? If so, how was it?
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Chiryu)
    Long time lurker here!

    I applied last year and got immediately rejected due to the online skills tests (mmm, ranked in the *bottom* 4% for the competency section, I didn't realise it was a test!).

    This year: Re-applied on the 30th November, completed e-Tray the week before Christmas (immediately successful) and FSAC on 13th Feb. Through to TiB FSB with 18.39 (rejected from CD at the first stage as with last year, almost certainly due to my competency section again). Lowest competencies 2.88, highest 3.25.

    I must say that I've really enjoyed the process so far - the e-Tray and FSAC were both very engaging and stimulating activities! I really enjoyed the Briefing exercise, and was less comfortable with the second policy rec exercise (mismanaged my time with the reading, rookie mistake!).

    Echoing what others have said, the FSAC report is really useful; in-depth and with good identification of your strengths and weaknesses.

    (Oh, and in terms of age, I'm pretty much the same age as Stomm )

    Good luck to those still awaiting results (and to those with FSBs), and to those that were unsuccessful, unlucky - but just like with the driving test, failing once can be so much of a learning experience that the second time round the odds are that you'll probably fare better
    am i reading this right? you were rejected for central departments this year with a score of 18.39? if so, that seems like a very high fail mark for CD based on previous year's information on this forum...

    anyone else willing to share scores to start working out where the lines sit?

    i'd also love to know if anyone else (like moonberry) has been told if they have been successful or unsuccessful for the NI fast stream?

    cheers
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jonbar123)
    am i reading this right? you were rejected for central departments this year with a score of 18.39?
    Not quite; I was rejected from CD on the online tests, so they don't look at my FSAC score (which I got to on the basis of TiB).

    I'm sure that a score of 18.39 would have been fine for CD, if I hadn't been booted out of the running for it so early on.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Hi lm222,

    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.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?

    this is what you'll be called on TSR

  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?

    never shared and never spammed

  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By completing the slider below you agree to The Student Room's terms & conditions and site rules

  2. Slide the button to the right to create your account

    Slide to join now Processing…

    You don't slide that way? No problem.

Updated: March 17, 2013
Article updates
Useful resources

Quick Link:

Unanswered Public Sector Threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.