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Stephen

Stephen – ICT graduate

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be as the leader of my own ICT team or division. A position where I can manage projects and monitor their progress from concept to programme delivery and maintenance. Hopefully somewhere I could develop software applications.

What are you working on or learning about right now?

Learning the System Centre Operations Manager (SCOM) console tools, as part of my role in the ICT Flight Deck. I am also learning how to complete morning health checks and prepare and deliver health check emails.

If you weren’t at work right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?

Relaxing at home quietly. Slowly getting around to one of the many computer programming textbooks I have currently sitting in my bookcase to learn.

If we met a year from now to celebrate your first year as a graduate, what did you think you would have achieved?

By next year, I would hope to have a complete understanding of the different ICT needs and roles that the different ICT groups perform. I also hope to have a firm idea of where to spend my final placement and hopefully move into an ongoing role at the conclusion of the graduate programme.

What’s been your biggest challenge as a graduate?

Learning the ICT environment and the many different skills and tasks that ICT staff perform and use on a daily basis. Expanding my university skills to meet real world needs and picking up all of the many different acronyms and terms.

Who is your role model, and why?

I wouldn’t say I have a ‘role model’, I think we tend to emulate the best qualities of many different people whom we respect.

If you could be the Secretary for one day, what would you try to achieve?

Increase the budget, number and variety of training programs for all staff to provide as many opportunities to up-skill as possible. I am a firm believer in training and educating people, and while the department has many different training courses available, there is always time to expand this list.

I would also try to increase the number of graduates in future graduate programmes, and look at more heavily promoting the department to universities.

What are you most proud of?

Getting into the graduate programme. I have always wanted to work as an ICT professional and am looking forward to learning how ICT projects, services and deliverables actually operate in a real-world production environment.


Andy

Andy– Accounting graduate

What is your dream job?

I have had a lot of dream jobs. Childhood dream jobs included cricketer, train driver (inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine) and rock‘n’roll star. Now that I have grown up and live in reality, my dream job would involve improving people’s welfare. I believe economics, using evidence-based decision making is the way to do this.

What are you working on or learning about right now?

I have just moved into the Financial Accounting Team where I will be helping out with fringe benefits tax and financial reporting for the EOFY. I was previously in the Budgets and Reporting Team, helping streamline the budget process and liaising with divisions in regards to costings.

If you weren’t at work right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?

Travelling to parts of the world I have not seen yet. Albania, Korea, Latin and South America are on my list.

If we met a year from now to celebrate your first year as a graduate, what did you think you would have achieved?

I would have made great connections within the grad cohort and among other colleagues. I would have also survived the grad project and enjoyed the experience.

What’s been your biggest challenge as a graduate?

The printer and setting rules on my email.

Who is your role model, and why?

Noel Gallagher, he has some banging tunes.

If you could be the Secretary for one day, what would you try to achieve?

Enabling growth and productivity for globally competitive industries.

What are you most proud of?

My cheekbones. As the photo probably shows, I have a terrible smile… but I have great cheekbones


Namrata

Namrata – Generalist graduate

What is your dream job?

I have many different career goals as I hope to have a diverse career throughout. It would be great to work towards SES and executive roles within different policy and programme areas within the APS. I also hope to one day start my own business as I have always admired successful business people who take an idea and start from scratch and later build an empire. One could say I chose the best department in this regard.   

What are you working on or learning about right now?

I am currently working in AusIndustry and learning a lot about the intricacies of programme implementation and delivery. Specifically, thus far I have been working on two hot topic programmes - one of which the Cabinet and other agencies have a huge interest in so it is fascinating learning about how a programme is delivered from the policy stage to launch stage. This is particularly a huge learning curve for me as I am new to the public sector. 

If you weren’t at work right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t at work right now I would definitely be traveling. As cliché as it sounds nowadays, I have always been an avid traveller as I love adventure and learning about new cultures. By the age of 22 I had seen 20 countries in five different continents and each year I hope to only expand this list

If we met a year from now to celebrate your first year as a graduate, what did you think you would have achieved?

A year from now I hope to have worked on a diverse range of programmes, policy initiatives and projects with stakeholders within the department and externally. I hope to have developed my current skills both on a professional and personal level. I hope to have met some inspiring people within the APS, and have used this opportunity to be a sponge and learn from those within the department who are senior in level to me.

What’s been your biggest challenge as a graduate?

Learning all of the acronyms within the APS.

Who is your role model, and why?

I have several role models who I have always aspired to be like; these include Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandala and Dalai Lama. Currently, I am very interested in the work of Malala Yousafzai and her father. She is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate and an advocate for female education. I am also a huge fan of Amal Alamuddin Clooney as she not only successfully fights for human rights but also manages to pull this off with great style.

If you could be the Secretary for one day, what would you try to achieve?

This is a difficult question—I would aim to assist the Minister in achieving any current national interest programmes and goals. It would be a very interesting day as I would think of very creative ways to engage with industry stakeholders and the public in order to develop new industries and businesses which would lead to the creation of new jobs and a stable Australian economy. 

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