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KELLY

Aboriginal Engagement Consultant

Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Tell us about your career pathway.

I entered the public sector via a traineeship when I was 17 years old and completed a Certificate III in Business Administration through this pathway. The skills I acquired from my traineeship have helped me to develop and build confidence, and provided me with the opportunity to drive my career. With more than 25 years in the public sector, I'm still doing what I love - community education and achieving more Aboriginal employment opportunities.

What does an average day look like?

An average day is never average! I could be in the office meeting with internal and external stakeholders, out in the community meeting with job providers, or presenting information sessions to Aboriginal job seekers. I also attend expos and university events, and meet with job seekers to assess their registrations for employment through my work with the Public Sector Aboriginal Employment Register

What do you love about your job?

I love the variety of work that my role offers. It is never the same and always busy and productive. I consider myself to be a people person. I love engaging with people, whether they are internal or external stakeholders, and going out into the community and meeting with Aboriginal people. I really enjoy working with young, Aboriginal people and encouraging them to consider a career in the public sector.

Why do you do what you do?

I have worked in Aboriginal Employment and Training for the past 25 years. I am passionate about seeing Aboriginal people who face barriers to employment get a job, be a role model for their family, and build their confidence to succeed. 

 I honestly couldn't imagine working anywhere else if I wasn't able to engage with the Aboriginal community. I am so proud being an Aboriginal person and working to help support and change the lives of others in our community.

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

I see working in the public sector as not only a job but the opportunity to build a career. As the largest employer in the state, there are many different occupations and career pathways to develop professionally, including vocational training relevant to your role. The support from work-life balance flexibility is fantastic for me as a single mum. 

The variety of my work is amazing. Away from my office work, I have the flexibility to be among the community, travel to regional locations in our beautiful state, or attend interstate conferences.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I have lived in South Australia my whole life. I think our state has a lot to offer and working for the largest employer has many benefits - why be anywhere else!


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