Applying for the graduate program during my final year at university was an easy choice, as I had nothing to lose and a career to gain. I knew that a government position was going to be a great place to start my career and in particular, a graduate program, as it would allow me to ease into the job and learn what was required while working.
As this is my first job in a large-scale corporate environment, it was important to have support and guidance along the way. The graduate program has many positive aspects, and the level of support it offers has been a huge benefit. Being in security, I have had many new and challenging tasks to stretch my skills and knowledge. The team I work in though has been very supportive and understanding when it comes to teaching new things. The graduate program also offers numerous opportunities to meet other likeminded people and graduates through networking and training events. The training events offered through the graduate program are unique and allow us to get to know and understand how we work as an individual or in a group. We have also had training in project management and are being skilled in areas relating to government and corporate working environments.
Overall, I believe the graduate program was definitely worth applying for. After now working in the position for 8 months, I feel more confident in myself and professionally skilled than I did before I started that I know I will have a long-lasting career within IT.