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Meet our graduates

Our graduates are looking forward to welcoming a new group of graduates to the Commission. Here’s what they have to say about the work they are engaged in as well as their experiences as graduates.

Maggie

Maggie works in the Diversity and Inclusion Policy Team of the Employment Policy Group. In her role, she works with APS agencies to foster more inclusive workplace cultures, and promote the value of diversity. Recently, Maggie has been coordinating the APS Diversity and Gender Equality Awards, and is helping develop the GradAccess program.

“Right from my very first day, my team has involved me in work that challenges me and allows me to make a real difference in the Public Service and in the wider Australian community. I’m excited to get to work with people who are so passionate about what they do.”

Blake

Blake works in the Human Resources Team within the Corporate Services Group. Blake developed the APSC Parental Leave Toolkit and is now working on Domestic and Family Violence Guide. He engages with clients both in the Commission and externally to support the delivery of HR services, policy and advice.

“We were welcomed to the APSC with a Skype call from Stephanie Foster, the Deputy Commissioner. It really made us feel valued, and is a unique part of working with the Commission.

There are lots of opportunities to interact with senior leaders across the APS. In our ‘Lunch Time Series’, we get to ask some of the most senior people in the Commission frank and honest questions on some of the biggest challenges currently faced by the APS. It’s exciting to get a genuine insight into future directions of the APS and is great for our development.”

Nick

Nick works in the Workforce Performance Team within the Workforce Information Group. Nick has worked closely with representatives from around 100 APS agencies. During the 2017 APS employee census, Nick was a primary point of contact for agency coordinators and respondents. He has provided ongoing support to census coordinators assisting them to access and use their results and has coordinated a series of agency briefings and presentations on the results. Nick has also been a primary point of contact for APS agencies during the annual agency survey period.

“Our entire graduate cohort had to relocate to Canberra to take up our positions with the Commission. I moved to Canberra from regional NSW, and I absolutely love the Nation’s Capital. There is always something going on, be it family friendly events such as Skyfire, multicultural festivals and markets, bands on tour, shows at the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Raiders playing at Canberra Stadium – There’s something for everyone. Canberra is easy to navigate in the car, and has plenty of open spaces and options for active people with national parks a short drive away.

The Commission has a warm, inclusive atmosphere. Work-life balance is supported, and there are plenty of opportunities to contribute and get involved; Be that through the vast range and volume of interesting work at the commission, to the various support networks such as the LBGTI+ network, the disability and carers support network, or even the social club. There are so many ways to be actively involved in the healthy workplace culture at the Commission. As a central agency the Commission is an excellent place to start a career with the APS, with challenging and interesting work.”

Tegan

Tegan works in the Workplace Relations Group and has been conducting assessments of agencies’ enterprise agreements for approval by the Commissioner. She is currently developing the Workplace Relations Capability program for the APS.

“There is never a typical week in the life of an APSC graduate! We participate in the Graduate Development Program where we attend formal training workshops in the APSC Centre for Leadership and Learning to develop our professional skills in a public service context. The interactive workshops and simulations are the perfect way for us to engage with other graduates allowing us to build our professional networks. The simulations, although intense, are worthwhile in helping to improve our workplace skills and adapt to the public service environment.

As APSC graduates we are very fortunate to be able to attend the Graduate Events Series. These vibrant and interactive events give graduates across the public service the chance to build their understanding of current public service issues and establish strong professional networks. The series of events include ‘A Taste of Government,’ ‘GradHack,’ ‘Graduate Mentor’ and ‘Leadership Reflections.’ These events give graduates a fresh insight into the public service and the opportunity to provide innovative solutions to current issues in the public service.”

James

James works in the APS Reform Group. Since joining the Commission, James has been examining the Future of Work and its implications for the Australian Public Service. James has also provided support for the Deputy Secretaries Reform Group and is involved in improving the APSC’s social media presence.

“For a small agency, the APSC offers its graduates excellent opportunities. From assisting at the Australian Government Leadership Network events to shadowing the Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner, graduates are exposed to a range of challenging and rewarding experiences. Having these opportunities has been a definite highlight of my year.”

Emmeke

Emmeke works in the Talent Strategies and Evaluation team of the Centre for Leadership and Learning. She has been working closely on the Jawun secondment program which places APS Executive Level employees into Indigenous partner organisations across Australia. She has also been learning about evaluation methods for the different learning programs delivered by the centre, this has enabled her to develop data collection and reporting skills.

“One of the things I have most enjoyed about being a graduate is the networking and social opportunities to meet other graduates at other departments. In 2017 the APS took in over 900 graduates from all around Australia. Grad events such as GradHack, A Taste of Government, and Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House provide an opportunity to collaborate together in both a work and social environment.

There have also been lots of opportunities to attend broader government events such as conferences and seminars. This has been a great way to meet people from other agencies and to hear about exciting initiatives going on across the government.”