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Department of Education and Training Reviews
Reviews by Department of Education and Training graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar3.9GradAustralia surveyed 31 graduates working at Department of Education and Training. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 31 responses.
- Having the opportunity to engaging in international multilateral fora on behalf of the Australian Government.
- Engaging work that shapes national education policy in Australia, and touches the lives of most Australians.
- Having the opportunity to work on interesting projects and being given responsibility for work
- Acknowledgement of diversity, work conditions
- The people.
- No opportunities outside of Canberra.
- Overly bureaucratic and hierarchical processes can be challenging to work with.
- Poor recruitment practices, poor communication about change/ organisational restructure
- Too far removed from client for me
- It can be tricky to move from one project/area to another (from observations not experience).
What insiders say about…
I am getting to do policy work on the child care system in Australia by helping to develop micro policy. Also done ministerials and stakeholder enquiries and helping with policy to build a new IT system
There is noticeable hierarchy however within the teams that I have worked in, I feel supported and respected.
There was some online assessments and a skype interview. Both were well managed and I had plenty of time to prepare/complete them.
I was asked questions around values of the department in regards to honesty/transparency, equity and diversity etc and asked to provide examples of situations where I have had to display these values.
Do your research, have skills that are in demand, have good work, volunteering examples/experiences to draw from as well as university/study examples.
Flexibility in work hours is generally agreed between an officer and their supervisor, and can also depend on the business requirements of the work area. Generally supervisors are quite happy to accommodate flexible start and end times. At an executive level, you are able to set your own hours.
No perks, at least none communicated to employees
Managers are quite accountable for their employees and take serious responsibility.
The graduate program has provided some useful training, but more work related training is left to the area to organise.
Depends on your work output and the current budget in the area at the time. However over time, promotions are likely if you are a good worker.
Department has launched networks for providing better support to employees from diverse backgrounds. The diversity strategy is also supported by action plans for different groups.
Every employee has a performance agreement which is reviewed and updated every 6 months and within our performance agreements is a 'corporate contribution' section. This makes it mandatory for every employee to complete some form of volunteering,/extra-curricular activities, whether it is baking food to raise money, joining one of the diversity networks or working a shift at the social club happy hour (held every 2nd Friday). As grads we are also involved in 'Grad fundraising' for our selected charity - this year Companion House - supporting locals who have moved to Canberra to escape war-torn countries. Through our fundraising efforts (bake sales, happy hours, a trivia night, selling chocolates etc) we have raised approx. $15,000. I am also involved in the Graduate Magazine, our grad cohort agreed to release 4 editions, I have helped to organise meetings, edit and write for the magazine.
A very modern building in an accessible location.
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