(Original post by moley)
Same here, although I'll probably send it off fairly soon so that it's ready to go if I fail the FSB.
I probably won't send my FAF form until after the 21st May - which is the last day of the first stage FSB (with results due by the 26th)
Out of interest, are you putting international-related departments as high choices (MoD, Home Office etc)? I have limited interest in domestic politics although I'd probably settle for anything apart from DWP and Local Government purely because of the strengths of the fast-stream scheme.
I think I have posted here that the 'areas of interest' don't necessarily equal certain government departments and it would be a mistake to think they do..
However, I haven't really spent much time considering which 'areas of interest' I will be specifying though there are certain things I am not
really interested in including:
Social, Community, Cultural
Health, Welfare, Humanitarian
so will be ranking my 5 from the others though I don't yet know in which order!
Also, a few years ago, I spent some time working as a HEO in a Fast Stream type role (both my predecessor and successor were Fast Streamers) on a 'short term'/temporary appointment in a certain department - its always possible that they would just see that department listed on my application form and offer them 1st refusal..!
Having said that, I presume you have seen the 'My first preference was for the Diplomatic Service. Will I be assigned to a department with international policy responsibilities?'
question on page 9 of the FAF.
In my experience, with the amount of legislation coming from the EU most of the large government departments will have some sort of 'European' policy roles (even if not 'wider' international roles) - but I would also expect you to have to do quite a bit of 'domestic' roles as well.. regardless of the department you end up in.. - even somewhere like DWP (i.e. benefits for EU citizens, right to work in the UK for new member states & pensions for UK citizens living overseas)
Did you manage to go to the FCO open day?