I attended: The Australian National University
And graduated with a: Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts: Majoring in International Relations, Minor in Latin American Studies
My DESE job title is: 2020 Data Graduate: Investment Approach Team
My job is about: Analysing data from a variety in the frame of the ‘Investment Approach’ (google it). I look at the public and private returns to the economy on different occupations and fields of education to work out which should be funded more or less by the government. Someone with a different background could definitely do my job, I really have no experience in data analytics but think it’s really important for everyone to understand, no matter what you want to do – so far I’ve learnt everything on-the-job!
The coolest thing about my job is: I get to analyse outcomes from higher education and tertiary study and contribute work that will inform future policy in this area. It’s really rewarding knowing the things you are working on will be used to shape the future education systems of Australia.
A challenge I have experienced in my work is: DESE is BIG, my previous jobs in offices and hospitality were much smaller teams so it was easy to naturally socialise. You get used to it though and your fellow grads offer easy socialisation as well as the team you are placed in.
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Favourite place to go in Canberra: Namadgi National Park/Murrumbidgee River