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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 role as a Graduate Officer! After only 8 months in this role I was lucky enough to win a role as a Human Resources Advisor within our People Partnering team, and that is where I have been ever since!

What does an average day look like?

For a HR Advisor there is no such thing as an average day. One day I could be working on contracts and processing forms, and another day I could be assisting with recruitment processes and sitting on interview panels. My role also assists in creating role descriptions, advertising jobs, and helping out with performance management cases - it really is a broad role.

What do you love about your job?

I love the interaction with my clients – I look after several Groups within the Department and this has allowed me to understand the business on a deeper level and build relationships with managers, and staff. I love building the rapport with people, and building that trust, and strangely enough I love the processes! (I am a process person - I love to have a certain way of doing things, and educating others in how to complete certain tasks). But most of all, I love that after a year in this role, I am still learning. I continuously find myself asked questions that I’m not 100% sure how to answer, and I love that as I am never bored - ultimately, my clients and I learn together.

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do not only because I love processes and building relationships, but because I am passionate about what this Department delivers. DEW protects and maintains so many different national parks, such as Cleland Wildlife Park (amongst many other things), and I really want to help promote the work that we do.

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, when I was a Graduate Officer I was enrolled in a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice at TAFE SA, and within less than a year of leaving Uni, I already had another qualification, and was 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. The commute into work is never hectic (in comparison to some of the Eastern states), and although at times we can complain, the public transport is not actually too bad. South Australia is just a really enjoyable place to live and work.

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