Year started scheme: 2008
Current position: Head of Service for Attendance and Wellbeing
Studied:BA Hons Business Studies at Glamorgan University
Why did you apply for the scheme: I was drawn to Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Graduate Scheme by the opportunity to experience an in-depth insight into the workings of a vast organisation that served over a 250,000 individuals in a myriad of ways. I relished the prospect of playing a pivotal role in high profile projects that could ultimately result in delivering front line service improvements to the communities of RCT.
Highlights: From the outset, I was exposed to high level meetings, projects and decision making. I gained experience of public sector human resources, financial and procurement procedures alongside managing transformation projects. Each culminated in a set of recommendations that had to be presented to Group Directors and the Chief Executive for key decisions to be made.
The graduate scheme allowed me to find my career path, develop my strengths and strengthen my weaknesses.
Professional development was integral to the scheme, which was the support offered through supervision and mentoring. Together this package of support nurtured me through my transition from graduate to chief officer.
Recommendations to Applicants: Ensure you are passionate about the service area you are applying for and research that department thoroughly before any interview. Do not simply evidence why you want to be part of the graduate scheme, but why you want to progress to be part of the organisation beyond the scheme in the long term.