Gbemi Olaogun shares her Government Economic Service application tips.

The GES is an organisation that provides the government with the economic support and evidence required to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of policies.

This time last year I was told about the GES placements, and was attracted to the placement because of the opportunity to work on influential documents and test economic models using geographic data. Being able to work for the government during the post BREXIT period was an opportunity, I as an economics student had to take up.

On average, the application process is not long, and there is also the advantage that it is very early in the year so you don’t have to worry about assignments and applications clashing. The process itself started in October, with me emailing my application. I then received an interview date in November. I received my offer in December.

The overall application consists of 3 parts;

  • The first part is the application form. This is a 9-page form that consists of personal information, just like a CV and Cover Letter. This application can be used as a basis for many future applications.
  • The second part is the one half of the interview process. This is a face to face interview, with competency based questions, such as experience in difference situations and interest in the role. There is also economics based questions on economic theory and contemporary issues such as BREXIT.
  • The third part is the Numerical reasoning test. This is a short 15minute test containing Maths questions, like GCSE questions.

The main advice I would give you when completing the application include:

  • In the competences, include your main accomplishments in your previous experience that can help with the skills you need in the role.
  • In the extra-curricular activities, demonstrate how these activities have improved your interpersonal skills.
  • Lastly in Career choice, this is the opportunity to show how much you know about the business and why you would be suited to specific departments. I would also like to say keep an open mind, moving for a placement is not that bad.
  • When preparing for the interview I would just say – practice. Go to the Placement team and the interview Workshop. After you have practiced, just be confident and the interview will go well. It will also make the interviewer feel comfortable with you. Good impressions, make good relationships.

The benefits of this job:

  • Builds your connections.
    • Increases your chances of getting on the graduate scheme
    • Able to work in a team, which will improve your placement experience
  • Helps to apply theory to practice.
    • Which can improve your third-year grade.
  • Looks good on your CV.


I hope you found this useful.

Gbemi Olaogun – BA Business Management and Economics


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