Government Jobs Unlocked: The Skills You Need to Stand Out and Succeed

Posted by GradConnection
This article is sponsored by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

Graduating from university and pondering a career change can be both exciting and daunting. You're leaving behind the familiar world of lectures and assignments or the comfort of a well-polished routine and entering a new workforce. But what if you could join an organisation that not only helps you grow professionally but also gives you a sense of purpose?
That's exactly what the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) offers its graduates. As one of the most influential government departments in Australia, PM&C plays a vital role in shaping the nation's policies and priorities. But what does it take to secure a job at PM&C or any government department?
According to some of PM&C's graduates, having a specific degree or work experience isn't always necessary:

"I have used most, if not all, of my soft skills from my Nursing degree. Critical thinking, compassion, diligence, these are all skills I have applied to my roles within the Department. Basically, if you don’t think your degree is relevant – it is." - Elise Connor, 2022 Graduate

"This year has taught me that you don’t need to be any type of person to work at PM&C. You don’t need to be a debating champion. You don’t need to have studied politics, economics, or law. The things that make you feel different are what empower you to analyse policy from a different angle." - Ju-Hi, 2022 Graduate

"I would highly recommend anyone from any degree and with any amount of previous work experience to apply – your value add to the Department isn’t what you know, but what you can do." - Katie, 2022 Graduate

While specific degrees or work experience aren't always necessary, there are some key skills that can give you an edge in securing a job in government:

  • Analytical and critical thinking: As a government employee, you'll be working on complex policy issues that require analytical and critical thinking skills. Being able to analyse data, identify patterns, and draw conclusions is a must-have skill.
  • Communication skills: Whether you're writing briefs, reports, or presenting to stakeholders, you'll need excellent communication skills to convey complex ideas and policies in a clear and concise way.
  • Collaboration and teamwork: Government work involves working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, including other government agencies, private sector partners, and community organisations. Being able to work effectively in a team and build relationships is essential.
  • Adaptability and flexibility: The government landscape is constantly changing, and you need to be able to adapt to new policies, procedures, and technologies quickly.

At PM&C, you'll have access to a range of development opportunities, including formal training and mentoring, as well as on-the-job learning. And you'll be given meaningful work from day one, whether it's supporting policy development, engaging with stakeholders, or driving innovation within the department.
So if you're looking for a challenging and rewarding career, consider joining PM&C. As Elise, Ju-hi, and Katie have discovered, it's not just a job - it's an opportunity to be part of something truly meaningful.


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