Where are they now?

They've been through the IT Graduate Program...so where are they now?

Bianca Palk, Manager, Stakeholder Partnerships

Bianca PalkAfter completing the graduate program did you remain in government?
Yes, I was successful in an AO6 role in another department.

What role are doing right now?
Manager of Stakeholder Partnerships with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

What was the best part of being on the Queensland Government IT Graduate program?
The Graduate program is a really great transition from full-time study to full-time work with support from like-minded people to work with along the way. It gave me the confidence to try new things and the skills to create the job that I want to come into work for everyday.

How do you think the graduate program contributed to career journey?
Having the ability to rotate around different areas of the organisation was invaluable in building the foundations of my career. It is easy to get bogged down in the day to day tasks of a job and never get to learn or try new things. The graduate program gave me the opportunity to explore different sections of the organisation and build my expertise in a multitude of areas. This experience has helped me build a strong foundation for my career, and I look forward to where it will take me in the future.

Sahar Ghomeshi, Senior Business Risk Analyst

Sahar GhomeshiAfter completing the graduate program did you remain in government?
Yes I did

What role are doing right now?
I work as a Senior Business Risk Analyst with NSW Department of Education

What was the best part of being on the Queensland Government IT Graduate program?
There is actually not one but so many!! Meeting amazing graduates, sharing knowledge, get in dept understanding about government roles, policies and procedures, Access to networking events which leads to finding a permanent job and last but def not least, attending graduates workshops that really help to build up different creatical skills for every job

How do you think the graduate program contributed to career journey?
Develop an understanding of how to build and update my resume, helped with meeting Seniors and Executives through different networking events, access to a large number of Government roles that were only available for anyone currently working for the department (not available for outsiders).

Zara Ward, Enablement Specialist, RACQ

Zara Ward

After completing the graduate program did you remain in government?
Yes. I spent the following 12 months working with the Queensland Family and Child Commission as an Advisor.

What role are doing right now?
I’m currently an Enablement Specialist with RACQ where I provide strategic support to executive management. RACQ is Queensland’s largest club and is a member-owned organisation. We exist to make a positive difference to the lives of our members and my role enables this to occur. I turn possibilities into meaningful strategies and facilitate the operationalisation of that across the Group.

What was the best part of being on the Queensland Government IT Graduate program?
I am a proud alumni of the Queensland Government IT Graduate program. The best part of the program was definitely the people. I’m grateful for my passionate graduate managers, my enthusiastic fellow graduates, the teams I worked with and the networks I made (and continue to make). It was a worthwhile experience where I was able to develop positive relationships that have strengthened over the years and opened unexpected doors for both my career and personal life.

How do you think the graduate program contributed to career journey?
The graduate program directly contributed to my career journey as I was exposed to an abundance of training and project based opportunities. As a graduate, I worked directly with the Queensland Family and Child Commission on their online safety strategy “Out of the Dark”. It was an was an initiative to help children, families, professionals and the community recognise, prevent and respond to online child sexual abuse and exploitation. The exposure on this project led to the opportunity to work with the Commission full-time. In that role, I further developed my strategic, project and stakeholder management skills and that gave me the confidence to apply for my current role with RACQ. To this day, I still lean on the training and experiences of the graduate program and cannot recommend it enough for those recent graduates hoping to branch into Queensland Government.

Jacob Trotter, Senior Project Officer, Responsive Government

Jacob Trotter

After completing the graduate program did you remain in government?
Yep.

What role are doing right now?
I’m currently a Senior Project Officer at Responsive Government. Our team collaborates across government and with industry to design government services that are easier to use.

What was the best part of being on the Queensland Government IT Graduate program?
Going through the program with a cohort from practically all government departments was a great way to kick start a professional network in the Queensland Government.

How do you think the graduate program contributed to career journey?
The program was a great introduction to the public service. I had heaps of support to try different things and it gave me exposure to a range of functions across the Queensland Public Service.


Last Reviewed: 18 June 2019