Graduate applications now open!

The Department of Human Services is encouraging university graduates to apply for the 2017 National Graduate Programme.

Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said applications are open until 4 April for recent graduates or current students who plan to graduate this year.

“Graduates who work for the Department are employed across the country in a wide range of disciplines, depending on their education and experience,” Mr Jongen said.

“In order for the Department to effectively serve the Australian public we need staff from different backgrounds and skill sets in a range of specialisations. It really can be the perfect job out of university.

“Graduates who come to work with us play a vital role and make a difference to our workforce.

“This is a great opportunity, straight out of university, to really contribute to a department that has an impact on a huge number of people every day.”

Department of Human Services Project Officer Nicholas Anderson, who was employed through the 2015 graduate programme, said it is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in working in the public service.

“I studied a Bachelor of Information Technology with a major in Business ICT at the University of Newcastle and graduated in 2014 with aspirations of working in the Australian Public Service,” Mr Anderson said.

“I was so happy to hear I was successful in gaining an ICT graduate position last year and jumped straight into work and study on my Diploma of Government.

“Now, more than 12 months on, I have completed the diploma and am really enjoying a career in ICT. I would recommend the programme in a heartbeat.

“The application process reflects that these are sought after positions – I recommend taking your time and making your application count if you are interested.

“It is such a valuable chance to have hands on experience in your chosen field within the public service. I feel like I am really setting myself up for the future in the best way.”

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