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Hey all, I’m about to start Year 2 of the FS, I’m a generalist so happy to answer any questions. Apologies to anyone who may have PMed me recently and have not had a reply; RL has gotten in the way! Please resend or quote me here
Hello! If I am applying for the generalist scheme, diplomatic and HoC - will i need to do a numerical reasoning test do you know? i've even asked the civil service via fb but kind of unsure on the answer as it's sort of unclear and don't want to risk not practising for them! Thanks
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Hi everyone!!
Has anyone found any good practice Situational Judgement Tests? The one's I've found are totally irrelevant to public sector jobs.
Also, is anyone applying to any other Parliament schemes - e.g. the HM Treasury Policy Adviser role?
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I wonder did anyone catch this on the site btw? The HoP and DSE schemes are just lol, why even bother wasting a preference on them when there's just so little available. Unless it's your die-for job.
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I wonder did anyone catch this on the site btw? The HoP and DSE schemes are just lol, why even bother wasting a preference on them when there's just so little available. Unless it's your die-for job.
They took like 400 generalists for my start year (2018), it makes me wonder why no chances are given for the specialist schemes.

Please remind me again, for I have a memory like a sieve, did you get an offer last year or are you trying again? I'm hoping the thread this year doesn't become too controversial!
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They took like 400 generalists for my start year (2018), it makes me wonder why no chances are given for the specialist schemes.

Please remind me again, for I have a memory like a sieve, did you get an offer last year or are you trying again? I'm hoping the thread this year doesn't become too controversial!
Nah, got direct appointment but didn't engage with it because I was already settled into an EO role that I was enjoying. I actually have an interview for another area of the civil service on tuesday lol. I'm gonna give it another crack though - first time I tried I didn't succeed at video interview. Following that, I didn't succeed at FSAC. This year maybe I get an offer? lol
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Back at it again for attempt number 3!

First time: failed at video interview
Second time: withdrew cause went abroad
Third time: TBC!

I've been a bit disheartened cause i've applied for several civil service jobs outside of fast stream that I also haven't gotten. I seem to want them more than they want me haha
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Their facebook page has done a couple of livestreams for different schemes if anyone wants to go and find out a little more.
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having seen the whole process with my partner last year, and joining the CS through a different process myself, I've decided to give this a go in 2019 for the diplomat scheme... I'm currently learning Japanese, my long term goal being to try and get some good experience to try get a CS job out there.

My question is this - does anyone know which offices the diplomat postings can be in? Is it literally any of them? Seems a lot to choose from. I wonder if they'd put you in one closer to home, or but you in one more relevant to your language experience...
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having seen the whole process with my partner last year, and joining the CS through a different process myself, I've decided to give this a go in 2019 for the diplomat scheme... I'm currently learning Japanese, my long term goal being to try and get some good experience to try get a CS job out there.

My question is this - does anyone know which offices the diplomat postings can be in? Is it literally any of them? Seems a lot to choose from. I wonder if they'd put you in one closer to home, or but you in one more relevant to your language experience...
For the Diplomat Scheme, you have no choice but to be in London for the first 2 years. After that, you apply to postings all over the world and potentially get accepted/declined depending on your application and each embassy's requirements.
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Hi guys- what sources have you been using to practice the tests, please (for diplomatic service)? thanks!
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Just sat and watched the Diplomatic Scheme facebook video. First 2 years in London. You remain in this entry grade to go overseas in your 3rd year. The guy delivering it said their usual posting overseas length is... 4 years. So it takes about 6 years for you to get the opportunity to catch up to every other scheme in terms of progression. Eye opening honestly.
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Just sat and watched the Diplomatic Scheme facebook video. First 2 years in London. You remain in this entry grade to go overseas in your 3rd year. The guy delivering it said their usual posting overseas length is... 4 years. So it takes about 6 years for you to get the opportunity to catch up to every other scheme in terms of progression. Eye opening honestly.
Agree! But, I guess it has one of the highest ceilings in terms of career and salary, right? Slow and steady wins the race! :rambo:
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Just sat and watched the Diplomatic Scheme facebook video. First 2 years in London. You remain in this entry grade to go overseas in your 3rd year. The guy delivering it said their usual posting overseas length is... 4 years. So it takes about 6 years for you to get the opportunity to catch up to every other scheme in terms of progression. Eye opening honestly.
The fact that it opens so many doors in terms of working abroad, literally getting paid to learn a language etc.. and you'd still be on the equivalent starting salary. the 28(ish)k would go a lot further in a country with lower living costs!
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I don't know if anyone here will know the answer to this but I thought I'd give it a shot. I want to apply for the Diplomatic Service Economics scheme, however you need 50% of your degree to be economics. I currently study business, finance & econ so have a lot of modules which are economics-related but classed as finance or business modules. Does anyone know if I'd still be eligible and how they actually check which of your credits come from econ modules?
E.g. I did a module last year on international finance: exchange rates, macroeconomic factors which effect exchange rate expectations and GDP, etc. This is classed by my uni as a finance module even though it obviously has economic theory underpinning it.
Best thing to do is contact Fast Stream now before applications open. Every year some people are robbed of a choice because of the module issues.
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Nah, got direct appointment but didn't engage with it because I was already settled into an EO role that I was enjoying. I actually have an interview for another area of the civil service on tuesday lol. I'm gonna give it another crack though - first time I tried I didn't succeed at video interview. Following that, I didn't succeed at FSAC. This year maybe I get an offer? lol
I hope you get an offer this year, and good luck on the interview!
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Can someone who has gone through the process before please let me know what happens once applications open on Thursday? Do we straight away do the online tests and start the application process, at any stage do we have to submit a CV, are the situational judgement tests the same as behavioral tests or separate?

Thanks in advance.
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Can someone who has gone through the process before please let me know what happens once applications open on Thursday? Do we straight away do the online tests and start the application process, at any stage do we have to submit a CV, are the situational judgement tests the same as behavioral tests or separate?

Thanks in advance.
When they open you register with like an email to make an account and some basic information. This leads straight to the behavioural and situational judgement tests that are one after the other. (I think behavioural comes first). Depending on how you score on them you will either move to the next stage almost immediately, fail. or hear nothing. They set brackets for pass marks that slowly get adjusted after they see how many have applied/what scores they get, so it's quite common to do okay, and have to wait for the boundaries to get wider before you move to the next stage.

You never submit a CV, it's all done through anonymous info gathering stuff
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When they open you register with like an email to make an account and some basic information. This leads straight to the behavioural and situational judgement tests that are one after the other. (I think behavioural comes first). Depending on how you score on them you will either move to the next stage almost immediately, fail. or hear nothing. They set brackets for pass marks that slowly get adjusted after they see how many have applied/what scores they get, so it's quite common to do okay, and have to wait for the boundaries to get wider before you move to the next stage.

You never submit a CV, it's all done through anonymous info gathering stuff
That's really helpful thank you! In a way it's good to know straight away with the online tests if you've moved ahead or not.
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That's really helpful thank you! In a way it's good to know straight away with the online tests if you've moved ahead or not.
Yeah definitely! This is my 3rd attempt. The first time I got straight through those tests so could progress pretty quickly and felt confident.

Second time round I had to wait like 2 months ish before I moved onto the e-tray!

The best advice I can give for this whole process is: patience is a virtue, you have to wait. A lot.
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Yeah definitely! This is my 3rd attempt. The first time I got straight through those tests so could progress pretty quickly and felt confident.

Second time round I had to wait like 2 months ish before I moved onto the e-tray!

The best advice I can give for this whole process is: patience is a virtue, you have to wait. A lot.
All the best to you this time! Have your stream preferences changed during these attempts?
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