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          Helping you find a career in the public sector

          By working in the public sector, you'll be keeping the country running smoothly. From our schools, to hospitals, to policies that govern our lives, there are a number of areas you can work in.

          You could be working within local government, which is responsible for schools, social care, sports facilities and other state-run services within your area. You could also work on community events if you enjoy the feeling of giving back to the community .

          Alternatively, you could work for the Civil Service and be involved with nationwide infrastructures like transport, education and health.

          Hundreds of professions and disciplines make up the public sector. Typical areas you could work in include:

          • Charities
          • Environmental services
          • Building surveying
          • Technology
          • Finance
          • HR
          • Marketing
          • Project Management
          • Teaching and education
          • Health and social care
          • Emergency services

          Governments tend to be very flexible with working patterns and have quickly adopted a ‘flexi-time' scheme which allows you to manage your own working hours to some degree. There is also the added bonus of generous pensions and benefits package. On average, the pay tends to be lower than the private sector, but the enviable working conditions keep a lot of people there.

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          • FAQs
          Which skills are required for a career in public sector?

          It is likely that you'll need to work with the public, so you'll need to be personable with good communication skills. You'll also need to be sensitive to the needs of others and be able to build relationships with people from a range of backgrounds.

          Other skills that'll help you to be successful in the public sector are:

          • a Logical approach
          • Interest in politics
          What work experience do I need?

          Alternatively, seek out experience in the field that you wish to go into. For example, if you fancy going into the government side of education some work experience in a school will benefit you.

          Your local government may offer opportunities to get involved in community events, art shows or even assisting on poll days. Try to get as much experience as possible with anything related to your local government, and make sure to speak to people working in the industry when you're there!

          Read more about the public sector

          Civil Service Fast Stream

          The UK Civil Service

          UK Fire Service

          College of Policing

          The Police Service

          The British Council

          Foreign & Commonwealth Office

          Get Into Teaching

          NHS Health Careers

          Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers

          British Association of Social Workers

          HM Customs and Excise

          Chartered Institute of Housing

          Inland Revenue

          Association for Public Service Excellence