Continue current HEO role or Fast Stream?

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DaveF14
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I've been in a HEO Project Delivery role in the Civil Service for 10 months. I applied for the Fast Stream for the 2022 intake and have been invited to the AC for the Project Delivery scheme.

I'm now questioning whether continuing with my application is the best decision career-wise. If I take up a Fast Stream role in 2022 then I won't progress to SEO until September 2024, and I'm pretty sure I can progress to SEO sooner if I stay in my current role. Grade 7 is another matter though, but on the Fast Stream I won't reach that level until September 2026 so it still seems a little way off.

I'm also not sure how much better my training opportunities will be on the Fast Stream. I'm currently completing a 4 year apprenticeship degree in Project Delivery which my department is supporting me with, which I doubt I could continue with on the Fast Stream. The qualifications the Fast Stream website says I will have the opportunity to achieve as part of the Fast Stream are already available to me and I have already completed two of them.

It also seems like the Fast Stream would be higher pressure for not as much reward?

Am I missing something...?
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If with an honest assessment of yourself you think you can get to SEO faster, then the FS would probably not give you much I think. FS will probably give you a better variety of experience, and with a structured program should ensure you are exposed to enough experience to get your behaviours example down pat. But of course, structure mean inflexibility. If you can get the experience you need anyway, why be held back.
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I am in the same boat and applied to FS, so watching this thread 😊
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