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Alex Evelyn, 2020 Future Consultant Programme
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Graduate Showcase | Alex Evelyn
MA Policy Studies in Education, UCL
"From day one everyone has been supportive and has pushed me to achieve my best... My initial weeks had me learning the basics, where I was fortunate enough to shadow members of the Project Management Office, allowing me to understand the breadth of our business and the company's ethos, values and approach"
In this Graduate Showcase, Alex Evelyn has shared with us his experience as a member of the first Socitm Advisory graduate cohort. The Socitm Advisory Programme enabled graduates to participate in a number of rotations while working as a Junior Consultant within a client project team.
Having completed my first rotation on the Future Consultant Programme here at Socitm Advisory, this piece provides me with the opportunity to share my experiences, and encourage others to join a graduate programme that is tailored to the graduate, providing autonomy on the path they wish to take.
Tell us a little about your education...
I graduated from the University of Brighton with a First Class (Hons) in Politics and Social Policy. I then went on to complete my MA in Public Policy in September 2019 at the University of Nottingham, where I graduated with a Distinction.
How have you found the Future Consultant Programme so far?
It's been just over six weeks since I started at Socitm Advisory on their inaugural Future Consultant Programme and so far, I've enjoyed every moment of it. The diversity of work has meant that no two days have been the same. I've shadowed experts in their field, gained an invaluable insight into how local government and public services are run and been introduced to people from across the business. From day one everyone has been supportive and has pushed me to achieve my best. I have a fantastic line manager in Jack Fowler who has assisted me in setting ambitious yet achievable targets.
What have you been doing so far during your time on the programme?
My initial weeks had me learning the basics, where I was fortunate enough to shadow members of the Project Management Office, allowing me to understand the breadth of our business and the company's ethos, values and approach. I've had a great number of opportunities and been able to get involved in a variety of projects so far. At Birmingham City Council I am fully embedded as part of our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Programme Team and I am working with key stakeholders to develop process maps and matrices to understand existing HR and procurement structures.
In have also been able to assist Coventry City Council with their digital maturity assessment and contributed to the writing and proof reading of their final report. I am now developing a booklet to help new graduates find their feet in the first few weeks of joining. There really is no end to what you could be doing and that is what makes the scheme such an exciting programme to be a part of.
What else have you been able to get involved in?
I've been able to join several networking opportunities within the company. My first was the Company Quarterly Update - this is where both permanent and associate staff can listen to the Senior Leadership Team and ask questions about Socitm Advisory's future plans. It's an open environment where staff can have a say on the company's progression and can meet with colleagues from all over the business.
How have you found the feedback experience in the programme?
At the end of my first rotation, I sat down with the chief Operating Officer, Matt Gascoigne, and had a candid discussion about my experience and what I found useful, where I needed to develop my learning and what I felt could be added to improve the programme (and my experience of it). I was pleased that a business director was prepared to give up nearly two hours of their time to make sure that I had settled in. It was refreshing to be able to share my thoughts and see that my ideas were being taken on board.
If you've just finished your degree or have been working for several years (as I had) but now want a change, are public spirited and have a desire to improve services then Socitm Advisory might be the place for you.