Nick’s smart move

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Department of Human Services Project Officer Nicholas Anderson is proof that applying for a graduate position with the Department of Human Services can be a great career move.

Nick was recently presented with his Diploma of Government from Canberra Institute of Technology following a successful 2015 as an ICT graduate with the department.

Originally from Newcastle, he now works in Brisbane after moving there to work in the department’s ICT Hub and enjoys his role which has been broad in scope.

“I’ve worked on a number of projects which is one of the things I love about my job,” Nick said.

He studied a Bachelor of Information Technology with a major in Business ICT at the University of Newcastle and was encouraged by his mum to apply for a graduate position.

“I had real aspirations to not only be a public servant, but to be a public servant at the Department of Human Services. I always wanted this sort of job,” Nick said.

The 23-year-old said he would recommend the program to any student “in a heartbeat”.

“I have recommended it to friends and one my friends even applied last year and was successful. I’m glad to hear she starts soon.”

Nick said he is enjoying his time in Brisbane and is excited about what the future holds.

“I’ve enjoyed the move, the office is great and I’m really excited about the department’s future, especially in the ICT space. We’re working on some really important projects that aim to make positive differences to the lives of customers.”

Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said Nick’s story isn’t out of the ordinary.

“We have found graduates to be motivated and excited when they work with us, they are appreciative of the opportunity they have been given and they seem to really enjoy it. Nick’s experience is common across the board,” Mr Jongen said.

“I really would recommend applying. I know some students may not be thinking about next year right now, but it is definitely worth it.”

Meanwhile, Nick has no plans to leave a job he has grown to love.

“I really enjoy it here, and plan to only build on my experience and skills to set myself up for the future.”

More information

  • Applications are open until 4 April. You can lodge an application for the National Graduate Program on the Human Services website.

Feature image: General Manager at CIT Solutions, Paul Ryan, presents Nick Anderson with his Diploma of Government recently.