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Elise

Graduate Officer

Department of Treasury and Finance

How did you get to where you are today?

I studied a double degree of law and commerce and a Diploma of Languages in German at the University of Adelaide. In my final year, I applied for the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Graduate Development Program and was fortunate enough to be offered a position.

What does an average day look like?

I am involved in a number of different activities and projects within the Public Finance Branch, so my days are varied. On a day-to-day basis, I assist the branch with providing advice to other agencies and running the website. I have also contributed to larger projects dealing with a variety of areas of finance, including accounting standards, financial reporting and taxation.

What do you love about your job?

I love how much I am learning in my job. As a recent graduate, I am eager to learn as much as I can and develop skills that will allow me to be successful in my career. I am frequently given opportunities to gain valuable knowledge and experience, which include structured training sessions and rotations through different branches.

Why do you do what you do?

During my time at university I developed an interest in finance through both my studies and outside activities. I find working for the Department of Treasury and Finance exciting and rewarding because the department plays such a vital role in South Australia’s financial wellbeing. I know the work I am doing is important and I also find it interesting as it is in an area that I am passionate about.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

Working in the public sector has been a great start to my career. I have been given many opportunities to learn and develop my skills as well as exposure to different aspects of finance. The friendly and supportive atmosphere makes coming into work a positive experience and helps me to perform at my best.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I have lived in South Australia for my entire life and did not want to look anywhere else for work. I think the state offers a fantastic lifestyle and that Adelaide is a beautiful city. My love of the state motivates me to work towards making South Australia the best it can be.

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