There is no such thing as a typical Fast Streamer. Successful candidates come from a diverse range of backgrounds. They may have any kind of degree. They may join straight from university or have postgraduate experience. There are, however, some key personal qualities that we look for in all our Fast Streamers:
- You’ll have to take the lead on decision-making based on evidence, and handle the pressure and responsibility that comes with it. This means being proactive and thinking on your feet. Sitting on the fence is not an option.
- You’ll be working with some of the brightest and most talented people in the country. It’s important that you all get the best out of each other, building trust, developing relationships and respecting each person’s perspective.
- The ability to make an impact is essential. We look for people who are lucid, persuasive, confident and articulate. Whether it’s a high-level meeting, a large presentation or a conversation with a disgruntled customer, you must be able to express yourself and defend your position clearly and succinctly.
- Being able to think flexibly, innovatively and resourcefully is also important, particularly as you may be asked to consider doing something new, or to investigate how things can be done more efficiently and cost-effectively.
- Not everything you do will be headline news: it’s important to focus as much on the smaller details as on the big-picture issues.
And we want you to get the most out of your time in the Fast Stream. That’s why you must have a good level of self-awareness and be able to recognise your own personal and professional development needs. You’ll be expected to learn a huge amount, so it’s important to know when additional support and development are needed, and how to make the most of the opportunities you have.