April 11, 2019
Guest Post by Dr. Josip Matesic
Introduction: Following on from a recent post focusing on the public service recruitment process, Dr. Josip Matesic gives us an insight into what you can expect as a new PhD graduate in the public service and how to prepare for that.
I have been working in the public service at the Department of Social Services for a little over two years now and enjoying it so I wanted to write today a bit about the differences you can expect moving from working on a PhD or Masters to the public service. Now while everyone’s experience is different, I want to touch on some of the differences you may experience, and in particular the differences that I did not expect. Continue Reading →
April 10, 2019
Guest post by Dr. Katia Alferova
Introduction: Research on the career outcomes of research graduates show approximately 6% are working in the government sector after graduation*. Public service recruiters recognise the added value that a Higher Degree Research graduate can bring and actively welcome applications. Dr. Katia Alferova applied successfully for a government department role in 2018 – here she shares her experience of the recruitment process.
Considering various opportunities to apply my skills and knowledge in practice, I was determined to find a job that would allow me to use my analytical capabilities and research experience while performing day-to-day professional duties. This opportunity arrived with a position of a policy officer in the area directly connected to my research domain and the responsibility to provide advice to the government and inform its decision-making process. I would like to share my experience with those researchers and PhD graduates who are interested in careers with government agencies, with a focus on the recruitment process. Continue Reading →