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How to choose the right graduate government employer

Team Prosple

From the Department of Ed to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – here are 5 factors to consider when deciding which government employer is right for you.

If you’ve made it this far then you must be thinking that a graduate role in government sounds like a good fit for you. So where do you go from here?

It’s time to do a bit of soul-searching.

The next step will be to decide on which organisations you want to work for. Though most government departments and agencies require similar skills and levels of experience, they differ significantly when it comes to the substance of the work they do. As you can imagine, working for the Department of Education is a far cry from the kind of outcomes you’ll be working towards in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Choosing the right organisation for you comes down to thinking about what makes you tick, and what is going to motivate you to go to work each morning (other than the need to pay rent). Your choice of an organisation will also have an impact on the way you respond to questions during the application and interview process, so it’s important to have a clear idea of not just where you want to work, but why.

So how do you decide what organisations will best fit what you’re looking for? Here are some of the key considerations you should take into account when making your decision.

Factors to consider when choosing the right graduate government employer

Values and interests

When it comes to waking up on a workday with a smile on your face, there is nothing more important than working in an environment that you feel reflects the things you care about. You aren’t going to be passionate about a job if you don’t care about the outcome of your work.

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