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Science and Planning Graduate Program Reviews
Reviews by Science and Planning Graduate Program graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 20 graduates working at Science and Planning Graduate Program. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 20 responses.
- My supervisor is fantastic and gives me great exposure to a wide range of projects and work areas.
- Opportunity to work on high profile issues for the benefit of the community.
- Support from colleagues, interesting work, opportunities for development
- The best thing about working in the Science and Planning Graduate Program is the diversity and flexibility in the opportunities that are offered to you.
- The support to improve your skills and training. Learning and Development is regarded as a good thing and you have many opportunities and tool kits to help you e.g. Time management course or tool kit, 4WD training, Defensive driving or First Aid etc.
- Just the classic public service bureaucracy!
- Sometimes work moves slowly
- The diversity and flexibility is determine by your supervisors which means that sometimes you may miss out on some opportunities.
- Reading many reports, policies, legislation
- Instability, red tape.
What insiders say about…
9 to 5 at the computer evaluating my previously collected field data. Mapping and visually presenting my data through ArcGIS and writing up an evaluation of that data to be presented internally to departmental stakeholders.
Varies from team to team, quite work centric in my current role but everyone is still pleasant to work with.
Multistage process to cull applicants from approximately 700 down to 12. Stage 1: Written Application (Questions) & Resume Stage 2: Online psychometric tests Stage 3: Assessment Centers (Written test, group task, individual interview) Stage 4: Final Interview
Assessment Centre: Capabilities Assessed at Interview: Motivation to work in the Science Graduate Program, Interpersonal skills and teamwork, Adaptability, Verbal Communication. Capabilities Assessed at Group Activity: Problem Solving, Initiative, Interpersonal skills and teamwork (in a group of 6 we had to discuss and come to a agreed solution based on a scenario provided to us. The scenario in question was how to solve the issue of departmental burning activities smoke tainting peoples grapes). Capabilities Assessed at Written Activity: Problem Solving, Initiative, Written Communication (We had to write up a mock brief to a minister based on a short provided document) Interview: At the interview you'll be able to elaborate on your skills and achievements, and tell us about any challenges you've faced and problems you've solved. (There was the standard questions of 'why you wanted to work for the department' and 'how you deal with change'. There were also some more specific questions such as 'what are your thoughts on the relevant policy document that would govern your division within the department' as well as "How would you deal if government policy would change after you had worked on something for a long time and with passion"?
Its less about your qualifications and experience and more how you would handle certain situations and fit/work in the department. To answer those questions it does help of course to refer back to ones experiences.
7.6 hours a day. Flexible arrival and departure (7:30-9:30am)
Pay is appropriate considering the work-life balance that is encouraged
Very. Within the first 3 months I had met the executive director and all the directors of my branch. up-down and bottom-up communications are strong.
The company provides great internal training for all staff
I haven't been working long enough to know much, however there are often opportunities to do secondments in different positions/areas within the department which may provide more responsibility than your main role, and to take up permanent roles as well.
No identifiable issues
Nothing specific done by the department itself (being the public service) but employees often run fundraisers which are well-publicised.
Uniforms in the regions. smart casual to corporate wear in the city
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