You may have heard of an establishment known as Her Majesty’s Treasury, or the Exchequer.
Based in London’s Westminster, this government organisation provides policies and expert advice on the crucial financial issues that are facing the country.
Put simply, they are at the very heart of economic policy decision-making in the UK.
Guess what? Now you can be too, as a Graduate Policy Adviser.
What is a Graduate Policy Adviser?
Being a Graduate Policy Adviser entails exactly what you would expect from the title: with support and guidance from your team, you will be advising on policies that set the direction of economic change for businesses and communities alike. This could involve preparing policies for the Spring Budget, or reviewing strategy to tackle international tax evasion. Previous graduates have held a vast range of responsibilities, from developing bonds with international governments to negotiating the return of loans to Icelandic banks following the 2008 financial crisis.
Do I need to have studied Economics?
Any degree discipline is accepted; far more important is your ability to problem-solve and work within a team. As you will be liaising between a diversity of teams, being able to understand and explain complex ideas in a clear fashion will be crucial, as will an evident interest in public policy. Make sure both of these come across in your application.
What else can I expect from this role?
This position offers an outstanding level of responsibility and range of challenges for the right graduate. Alongside this, here are just some of the other benefits that could be yours:
- Prestigious location: Your Westminster base will place you and your career right at the epicentre of the UK's economic and political scene
- Government salary: Starting on a £28,000 salary, after two years of annual pay reviews you can expect an uplift to a salary of £32,000
- Irreplaceable network: Working alongside the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary to the Treasurer, to name just a few, is going to do unbelievable things for your own black book of contacts. Imagine the LinkedIn connections...
How do I apply?
Before you begin, make sure you have prepared some evidence of your relevant skills and interests that support your application: for example, did you sit on a committee for a society at university where you’ve had to negotiate budgets, schedules or funding pitches?
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