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Karlee

Graduate Officer

Department for Environment and Water

How did you get to where you are today?

I studied a Bachelor of Business, specialising in Human Resource Management at Flinders University. I applied for a position within a government department and got through to the panel interview, yet was unsuccessful. However, my CV was forwarded to the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) (formally Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) and I was successful in obtaining a graduate position!

What does an average day look like?

One day is never average in my position. I am the Graduate Officer for the Planning and Performance team, yet I support the whole branch on projects. This means that one day I will be creating reports, and on another day I will be attending Job Expos at universities. Either way, I enjoy the variety that I have been experiencing whilst in my position.

What do you love about your job?

I love that I am able to support different people, and not just my own team. This allows me to learn more about the department and how we protect the environment. I love that I am constantly supported by my manager to broaden my tasks and work with other people; she is very supportive of continuous learning and engagement.

I also love that I am comfortable enough to present my ideas and share my work with others. I also love being accountable for projects and being the main point of call on those topics; it is such a huge responsibility that you do not get to experience at university.

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I am passionate about tourism in South Australia. DEW protects and maintains so many different national parks, such as Cleland Wildlife Park, and I really want to help promote tourism in these places. I believe that all of our national parks, including marine parks, are beautiful and everyone should be able to experience them.

I may not physically work in a park like a ranger does, but I try to do all I can to promote the work that DEW does from behind a desk!

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

I work in a very respectful workplace where young people are given every opportunity to further their development. For example, as part of my Graduate Program, I have been enrolled in a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice at TAFE SA. So already, within less than a year, I have been given a great opportunity to further my career.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I have always lived in South Australia and I never want to live anywhere else. This is such a beautiful state with so much to do! As an avid hiker, I love the fact that you can find a good hiking spot just about anywhere in Adelaide and I love to explore what different parks have to offer. South Australia is just a really enjoyable place to live and work.

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