Graduate Policy Officer, Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services
Masters of Infectious Diseases, Bachelor of Science (Genetics, Microbiology). University of Western Australia
I have a diverse background working in health science research, Front-of House theatre management, LGBTI inclusion, contemporary art, and exhibitions research consulting. I wanted to work for government because I have a strong drive to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of my community.
My Experience with the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services
The VPS graduate program has been a fantastic bridge from university to a fulfilling full-time career. Going through the program with a cohort of other graduates has given me a growing professional network and life-long friends. The program’s structured four-month rotations in different departments has given me a deeper understanding of government, and insight into other areas I might like to work in the future. The program’s comprehensive support and training schedule has been fun and useful. The VPS grad program has helped me to rise to the challenges of new work environments, and has given me an enjoyable and well-supported transition from university to fulltime work
My best advice for you
Be proactive and enthusiastic. Keep an eye on the organisations where you want to work. Many employers now have opportunities for graduate programs, internships, or volunteering than can boost your work experience, or lead to permanent employment. Keep an eye on the websites of places where you want to work, as some organisations don’t advertise on job websites. Don’t be afraid to meet with reps, or cold-call places where you want to work. It’s a great way to find out more, and they’ll remember you.
Applications open March 4 and close April 10
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