Quiz: do you have what it takes for the government jobs of tomorrow?


Do you have what it takes for the government jobs of tomorrow? Apolitical created a quiz – here – to help you answer that question, as part of a global study of the skills public servants need.

More than 7000 people from more than a hundred countries took our last quiz – What Type of Public Servant Are You? – from Australia and the US to Moldova, Guinea-Bissau and Kyrgyzstan, teaching us a lot about how public servants make big decisions.

If you take our new quiz we’ll show your innovator score and send you a breakdown of where you rank against your peers from around the world. There’s also a guide to catching up on the skills where you’re lagging behind.

Our purpose in creating this quiz is partly to have a bit of fun and partly to understand more about how prepared people in government are for the changes triggered by things like big data, automation and behavioural insights – something that will determine how effective government is for the next decade.

We identified the main new skills public servants are going to need based on research by the OECD, Nesta and the London School of Economics. We broke the results down into four types:

  1. Luddites
  2. Old School
  3. Ahead of the Pack
  4. The Boss of Tomorrow

Take the quiz, so you can see where you are.

Other ways to engage globally

If you’re wondering who we are and why we want to know this, I work at Apolitical, the free global network for public servants. It lets you connect with innovators from 100 countries around the world and read sharp journalism-style articles about what’s working elsewhere.

You can ask our analysts for free advice on the problems you’re tackling; join webinars and policy Q&As; get briefings on the subjects you’re interested in; and join groups to stay up to date with events, jobs and coverage.

Our finding is that it’s surprisingly difficult for public servants to hear about the clever fixes invented by their colleagues in other countries. It’s surprisingly difficult for them even to get any advice from people who’ve been in their situation before.

And yet in general it’s not difficult to find out what your peers think of things. We all slickly and easily go on platforms that let us do that. On Amazon, you can see which books other people think are good; on TripAdvisor, which hotels they like in Thailand; on Instagram, which cats look most like Hitler.

It’s crazy that you can find out which mattresses are lumpy in Kho Pha Ngan, but public servants can’t ask their peers about how to tackle problems that affect literally every person on the planet.

The point of Apolitical is to let public servants do these things. It combines articles about groundbreaking work with a network of leading practitioners from around the world.

We’re backed by public agencies in the UK and Australia, the European Union and big international organisations like UNICEF. We also work with first rank institutions like the World Bank and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to bring together the best people and ideas.

Alex Starritt, Media Director, Apolitical

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