Public sector means more than just earning a livingNews
One graduate believes the Local Government Graduate Finance Programme gave him the opportunity to do more than just earning a living.
Each graduate wants something different from their careers. One graduate in particular found The Local Government Graduate Finance Programme could offer him the chance to do some good while they start their career.
Andrew Ward currently works for the Children's Services Finance Team at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He says he only saw his future in the public sector.
"I wanted to join the public sector because, although I'm no saint, I wanted to do a job which meant a little more than earning money," he says.
"My first placement was with the Resources Department, which is the backbone of local government. It was a good start because I could see how Local Government worked from a central perspective."
The Local Government Graduate Finance sees graduates rotate through different placements learning everything about finance in local government. Graduates also study for their Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Professional Qualification alongside their work.
"When I was looking around for jobs I knew I had a good history degree, but I knew I'd have to do more training to have a full and successful career," Andrew says.
"The biggest challenge of working and studying is making sure everyone knows where you will be. It takes a bit of planning ahead and foresight to say 'I won't be able to make that meeting, I will be at college'."
Andrew is confident his future is bright and can see the progression available in Local Government.
"When I look to the future, I'd like to stay in Local Government and in London boroughs. I've seen CIPFA trainees go on to be managers and group managers," he says. "My current managers always like to remind me they were Trainees once, but in the future I can see myself in their shoes."
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