For my whole life, a core part of my values and actions has been to help those around me.
Which is why I applied to the Victorian Government graduate program, as it gave me an opportunity to help people as a part of my career.
As a graduate, I get to do work every day that improves the lives of Victorians and work with purpose.
What I learnt from uni life
While studying for a double degree in commerce and science, I mentored disadvantaged high school students.
I realised at the end of my studies that helping others was one of the most enjoyable parts of my uni experience.
With a major in economics and mathematics, I looked for full-time work with the aim of continuing to help those around me.
The Victorian Government graduate program showed me my degree could take my career in directions I never imagined.
How the graduate label helps
Having the ‘graduate’ label gave me lots of opportunities.
In my time as a graduate, I went to important meetings and had a lot of training.
Senior leaders and managers have mentored and connected me with others across government.
As a result, I’ve been able to learn so much in 1 year.
My 3 roles in 3 departments
My home department and first role was at the Department of Treasury and Finance.
While there, I created a data dashboard to improve financial analysis and reporting, and worked with designers to create infographics about Victoria’s state budget.
At the Victorian Agency for Health Information, I worked as a data analyst on the Maternal Health Patient Experience Survey. I got to use my communication, analysis and governance skills.
As a Policy Analyst at Department of Education and Training, I grew my stakeholder engagement and facilitation skills and worked on a whole-of-department information management framework.
My new set of transferable skills
From my 3 roles, I’ve seen how transferable my skills from university are, like how to merge information, prepare for meetings and work with people you’ve never met.
Each new role is a chance to test out your skills in a place you have no experience or knowledge about.
By doing 3 roles, I’ve learnt about different fields and areas I never would have considered for my career.
My support network across government
Being part of a large and diverse cohort has been one of the best parts of the Victorian Government graduate program.
We get together regularly for training and events, which has been a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and build a network.
My new network of peers has the potential to support me through my whole career.
Reviewed 20 February 2020