After graduating from University of Adelaide with a Commerce degree, I began my career in the public sector through the graduate program with the Department of Planning and Transport and Infrastructure.
Since then, I have moved into a senior analyst role with the Department of Treasury and Finance.
An average work day for me can range from conducting financial modelling and analysis, preparing Ministerial/Cabinet briefings and financial reports to providing advice on budgetary and financial issues and monitoring financial performance of government agencies.
It’s the broadness of my role that really appeals to me.
As I delved more deeply into my role and the key issues that the government faces, I realised it was much more than an analyst role. I love my job because of the challenges and complexities of the things we look at and the value I add to the public service.
Apart from the work, I love the workplace and the people I work with. The culture of the organisation thrives on valuing employees and there is a healthy team dynamic, which draws down from the executive leadership of the department.
Being able to tangibly see the real world impacts of my work is one of the great things about my job. Every day, I work on things that have the potential to impact the lives of all South Australians.
For one, it’s the biggest employer in the state. The breadth of experiences the public sector has to offer is just one of the benefits. The industry we are in is diverse, and I have had a lot of opportunities to work with different portfolios including Transport and Infrastructure, Justice, Education and Child Development and Child Protection.
At the same time, government is quite small and you end up working with people you knew in other roles or teams or projects. There’s a lot of investment in developing employees. It offers flexibility. Your skills are transferrable, and moving between agencies is a simpler process.
SA has always been home. I love the lifestyle and potential this state has to offer.