Get to Know Our Career Starters

Read over some of our 2015 Career Starters' experiences - what they find interesting about their jobs and what the Career Starter Programme has done for them.

What do you do at work?

Madison Gibson
Madison Gibson
St Clare's College

I am an Assistant Business Officer within the finance unit managing COMCAR (car-with-driver) related services. My responsibilities include debt management, the checking of driver payroll, monthly reporting activities and liaising with internal and external stakeholders. Madison Gibson

My role in Finance consists of helping to manage the government's non-defence property portfolio by evaluating and analysing proposed works, liaising with service providers and drafting correspondence. Sarah Greenwood

I am a Payroll Officer, where my duties consist of processing payroll and entitlements of staff employed by our Members and Senators of Parliament. My team manages the pay and entitlements processing on a fortnightly basis, this means I am able to continuously do different activities on a regular basis. Adrijan Secko

I am a Policy Officer that looks after overseas and domestic property leases, disposals and acquisitions. In looking after these properties I have to correspond with various external agencies, register and approve forms, and update databases and spreadsheets. Sarah Kovacevic

What do you find most interesting about your job?

Adrijan Secko
Adrijan Secko
Daramalan College

The team I work with, as well as the department, continue to give me endless opportunities and experiences. As the Department of Finance is a central agency of the Australian Government, I can continue to broaden my knowledge, skills and expertise in many different areas. Adrijan Secko

The variety of my role my role means I am constantly doing something different which ensures that I am always learning new tasks. Every tender is for a different thing, such as air travel, major office machines, stationary and office supplies, Government Fleet and credit cards. Ashli Gouzvaris

My position is interesting as it deals with many different agencies and properties from all around the world. Because my team deals with domestic properties we are often the first to know what is occurring in our very own city! Sarah Kovacevic

The most interesting thing about working in the department is the wide variety of jobs it covers. There are so many wonderful opportunities offered by Finance, allowing staff to learn continuously. Sarah Greenwood

How has the Career Starter Programme helped you to achieve your goals?

Sarah Greenwood
Sarah Greenwood
Merici College

The Career Starter Programme has offered a wonderful platform to build a career from. The formal trainings and forums which are which are offered through the Career Starter Programme have allowed me to develop an understanding of what us required to work in the public sector and develop key skills, which are vital to achieving my goal of developing a successful career. Sarah Greenwood

The Career Starter Programme has given me the opportunity to develop professionally at a young age. With the endless support and training, the Programme introduces you to corporate life and teaches you life-long skills that you will need to display on a regular basis. The Programme strives to improve each and every individual on a professional level and ensures that we all obtain the best experience possible. Adrijan Secko

The Career Starter Programme provides support from both your peers and fellow Career Starter cohort, it is a great way to network and communicate with a range of people. The Programme has helped me to develop and build upon various managerial, communication and organisational skills. Sarah Kovacevic

The various training received on the Career Starter Programme has helped developed my effective organisational and time management skills, which has built the foundations for my career. Madison Gibson

Why would you recommend the Career Starter Programme?

Ashli Gouzvaris
Ashli Gouzvaris
Merici College
Sarah Kovacevic
Sarah Kovacevic
Merici College

I would recommend the Career Starter Programme if you are ready for a challenge and something that may be a little bit out of your comfort zone. It is so much more than a desk job, through the people you meet and the different opportunities that you will get to experience. Ashli Gouzvaris

I would recommend the Career Starter Programme because Finance is a department that offers so many different opportunities and experiences. The Programme has allowed us to learn the fundamental skills that we will need to kick start our careers, and guide us in choosing our future career paths. Sarah Kovacevic

The Career Starter Programme is an excellent entry into the public service, where you can develop your skills and abilities to create a well developed career. For people who are not sure what to do when they finish Year 12, the Career Starter Programme is a gateway which can lead to a very rewarding experience, and take your future anywhere. Adrijan Secko

I would recommend the Career Starter Programme as it allows school leavers to develop skills and knowledge independently and collectively, while in a supportive environment. The Programme offers a wide range of opportunities including training sessions, the buddy system and informational forums. Career Starters are able to thrive as the department is encouraging and always presents development opportunities. Sarah Greenwood

I recommend the Career Starter Programme because it's a step into the Australian Public Service, and an experience that you cannot get anywhere else! Madison Gibson

Contact for information on this page: recruitment@finance.gov.au

Last updated: 24 August 2015