Ben

2008 Graduate Program

Ben

I have always had an interest in nature and science. This is probably why throughout my schooling I always performed well in these areas. After a false start studying aquaculture I changed to a BSc at Flinders University before moving to Cork, Ireland for a year. Although some people say that overseas travel has minimal benefit, I found living, working and travelling overseas to be invaluable. When I returned to Australia I chose to come to the Department because I wanted to effect positive change in Australia. I now feel that the combination of my studies, work and travel holds me in good stead to move forward and achieve in the Department.

Toward the end of the Grad Program I negotiated a position back where I had my first rotation – in the Water Purchasing Section – which had now grown from a section to an entire branch. I spent a bit over a year working in, what was at the time a very busy and high pressure program before being invited to go work in the Policy Development team of the Home Insulation Program. For the first month or so it was brilliant and I was thankful for the move, but after the program was closed the scope of my work shrunk dramatically and I no longer felt like I was developing.

At the request of my former Director I returned to the water purchasing program for a third time, but this stint was only for a few months before I won a position in the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program. Since joining the team my skill set, knowledge and confidence have developed exponentially. I am now looking to move to a policy area to broaden my experience... and meet some more people!