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Sophie

Sophie

Home State

Queensland

University

University of Queensland

Degrees

B Journalism
BA (Political Science and Public Policy majors)

Background

After growing up in sunny Brisbane, the thought of moving to Canberra never crossed my mind. I spent most of my university days lazing in the sun, socialising and juggling part-time work as a telemarketer and waitress. However, during the final year of my studies, the inevitable time came to look for a 'real' job. It was during this frenzied search that I stumbled across the Department's web site and investigated the profiles of previous years' graduates. Not having any science or environmental qualifications, I didn't believe I was an appropriate applicant, however I took a chance and applied anyway. This proved to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.

While I've always had an appreciation for the natural environment, it was with some trepidation that I accepted my position with the Department. The graduate program is structured in such a way that you are exposed to a wide variety of environmental issues that you could never learn from a textbook.

During this year I have experienced more challenges than I have my entire life. When I moved to Canberra I didn't know a single person. However, the other graduates have instantly become both a social and professional support network. The professional opportunities and support offered by the graduate program make it a perfect starting-point for any graduate's career, regardless of what your qualifications are. Canberra is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer young people, everyday I'm discovering new places to visit and experience that I never knew existed. I can strongly recommend the graduate program; it's proved to be a memorable and worthwhile experience.

First placement

1. Corporate Strategies Division/People Management Branch/Employment Services Section

Second placement

2. Policy Coordination and Environment Protection Division, Environment Protection Branch, Chemical Policy Section.

Third placement

3. Natural Resource Management Programs Division, Capacity Building Section.

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'