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Palvi Shah

“The employment market is very competitive and having some real work experience will give you the edge when applying for graduate jobs.”

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1. Can you tell us a bit about your current role? 

I work on the production of Crime Statistics at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). I am currently working on a project to incorporate new measures of fraud and cyber-crime into our published statistics, which are used to inform public debate, develop government policy and allocate millions of pounds of Central Government funds to local police forces and initiatives.

2. How did City help you to get to where you are today?

Having a degree in Business Studies from one of the most reputable Business Schools in the UK has added strong credibility to my CV. Studying alongside such a diverse range of people from different cultures and backgrounds prepared me well for working for an organisation that promotes an ethos of equality and diversity.

3. What career path have you taken to get to where you are today?

While at City I undertook a year's placement at IBM working as a Volumes Analyst, my first introduction to working life. Upon graduating in 2002, I successfully applied for a job at the ONS and have been there ever since! I have worked in a range of teams including Social Surveys, Migration Statistics and Vital Statistics, where my proudest achievement was developing the first ever UK National Statistics on Civil Partnerships. I have worked my way up from Executive Officer to Higher and then Senior Executive Officer, and am presently working toward my next promotion. 

4. Do you have any advice for students just starting out at university? 

I would strongly recommend doing a gap year placement if you can. The employment market is very competitive and having some real work experience will give you the edge when applying for graduate jobs. When I started at City, I didn’t intend to take a gap year but I was offered a placement at IBM and it was one of the best decisions I ever made!

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