It’s a few months now since Civil Service Live, the biggest learning event of the year for civil servants.
This year’s CS Live was itself the biggest ever. Nearly 14,000 civil servants came along to this showcase of the best of the service in five cities across Britain. They came to look, learn, share and - crucially - take away something of what they learned to pass on to their teams and build into their jobs.
So, if you were one of the 14,000, what have you been doing differently following CS Live 2016? We’ve compiled a list of nine things that you could be doing. And even if you weren’t able to attend, there may be some pointers for you below:
- Get involved in the vision for 'A Brilliant Civil Service' Find out more about how your team and your departments will be working to make the vision a reality. Then - go out, lead effectively, develop your skills, deliver the best service, and help us become "A Brilliant Civil Service" for the country, your fellow citizens and yourselves.
- Put users at the heart of what you do You’ll have heard some inspiring stories about how civil servants are improving outcomes for citizens. Take time out to understand the users of the services you provide. Consider what their needs are and try to put yourself in their shoes.
- Hone your leadership style Civil Service Learning offer full-day training sessions on some of the key leadership skills discussed at the event. Visit Civil Service Learning to search for and book courses.
- Enhance your skills If you went to one of the devolution sessions at Civil Service Live, you’ll have heard about some of the great opportunities to expand your horizons and grow your career. Visit The Devolution and You section of the GOV.UK website to find out more about short-term opportunities to work in other parts of the UK Government.
- Develop your future You might have heard about some of the great talent schemes on offer while you were at the event. Speak to your HR representative to find out more.
- Focus on professionalism You might have had a chance to join one of the profession sessions at the event, or to see the Government Digital Service or Government Communications Service hubs. We hope you left the event inspired to actively contribute to professional networks relevant to you.
- Make your office a great place to work You’ll have heard about some of the ways that the Civil Service is building a great place to work. Look for opportunities to collaborate or build networks. Find different ways to use your skills through volunteering. Model the behaviours you would expect of others and be supportive of your colleagues.
- Get a mentor The spot mentoring sessions have proved really popular at CS Live. Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get a slot, we hope it inspired you to get a mentor. Visit www.mentormatch.org.uk to register and find out more, or speak to your HR team or line manager about mentoring opportunities.
- Be proud At Civil Service Live (and on this blog) you will have heard about some of the brilliant work going on across government. They show civil servants around the country already making the vision of ‘A brilliant Civil Service’ a reality and continuing to live by the enduring values of integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity that run through all that we do.