Hi all. If any civil servants are about I'd appreciate their views on this one.
I'm still in the probation period of a job I started in July with a government department. A vacancy within a different government department has come up which looks like a really good opportunity. If I was successful, I'd have been in current role for 13 months before leaving. (It's a graduate scheme so September start date).
I'm assuming that it would be frowned upon to apply whilst in probation?
I really would like to go for it, but as it's a grad scheme I know the competition is fierce. I don't want to lose the trust / faith of my manager for something which I might not get past the first sift, but equally, don't want to miss an opportunity.
If it’s a grad scheme (HMRC?) and presumably open to external applicants, there shouldn’t be a problem with you applying on probation if you have the right qualifications.
Depending on the relationship you have with your manager though, I’d tell them. If one of my team wants to move on or is applying for other jobs, I offer to help them with their application, coach them for interviews/assessments etc. People move around all the time in the central departments, it’s not a big deal. I’d be disappointed/unimpressed if one of my team announced they were leaving out of the blue without ever mentioning to me they were thinking about it - your manager would probably appreciate the honesty.
YouFightLikeADairyFarmer - you sound like a good manager.
Most in the CS, are not. Mine are so unapproachable and unhelpful they blocked a managed move. I applied for an external CS job but in the same Department. Doing something completely different and at a different site.
My managers haven’t said anything to me about me moving but I’ve seen emails and heard conversations - so they know!
I just do my own thing and apply for whatever I want. They don’t show any interest or concern for me so why should I be loyal? It’s just a job at the end of the day and the only loyalty I have is to myself.