Graduate Nekol relishes supporting remote customers

When Nekol graduated from a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, she wanted a job that could make a real difference and produce tangible outcomes in people’s lives.

She found exactly that when she joined the Department of Human Services through the National Graduate Program.

Working for the Remote Servicing Team allows Nekol to advocate for remote customers and holds a special significance for her as an Aboriginal woman.

“Our work primarily involves ensuring that people receive the same standard of service no matter where they live. This is especially important for me as much of my family lives in these communities.

“Most recently, I’ve worked on a number of important projects to help our staff better understand the needs of people living remotely,” she said.

Having spent the last 10 years in Tasmania, Nekol happily moved her small family to the nation’s capital and says the support she received through the program was incredible, especially as she is a single mother.

“The move to Canberra was extremely smooth and I have formed some great friendships,” she said.

There are many benefits to being part of the program, according to Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen.

“The graduate program is more than just a job. Graduates receive unique access to Senior Executive Service mentors, complete additional studies through the Diploma of Government and receive plenty of on the job training,” Hank said.

Nekol is really enjoying her work and says the National Graduate Program is an amazing way to kick-start a career in the public service.

“The exposure you receive as a graduate is phenomenal and there are so many great opportunities along the way.

“I would definitely encourage anyone considering a career in the public service to apply for the department’s National Graduate Program,” she said.

More information
  • Applications for the National Graduate Program are now open and close on 26 April. To apply, head to the Human Services website