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Why I joined the Fast Track: Sarah Landers

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I work for the European Fast Stream and negotiate with EU member states for new contacts.

We run a European Fast Stream for about 15 to 20 Fast Streamers every year. They go out to Brussels for six months to work in the EU Commission, to build up our prevalence in the EU. I decided to join the Civil Service because I did two years of a degree and decided I wasn’t happy, but I didn’t see another scheme out there that could give me the same potential and the same growth, until I came across this.

The best thing I’ve done so far in my role is a week-long EU intensive training course where I went to Brussels and could see the Commission, the Parliament and the courts and how the decisions they make affect everyone across the EU. The most interesting thing that’s happened to me so far is engaging with the public at careers events and meeting the Deputy Prime Minister.

I would recommend the scheme and the Civil Service as a whole because I think they’re really pushing great development schemes to get try and get young and fresh new ideas involved and to try and build up really good resources at a younger level. I like being a civil servant because they’re all about development and it’s all about trying to get the best out of you and achieving your potential. It’s great security and there’s so much movement in the civil service that you can do whatever you want to do.

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