Graduate experience to kick-start your digital career

Participating in the Australian Government Digital Graduate Program was an important first-step in Kieran’s digital career. It provided him with valuable experiences and learnings during his 12 months as an Australian Public Service Graduate with the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne.

With the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne, the other Bureau graduates and I travelled about every 3 months for the Digital Transformation Agency professional development sessions.

I had the privilege of studying a Graduate Certificate in Networking and Cyber Security from Canberra Institute of Technology, along with 4 other graduates, where we learnt practical, industry-focused coursework.

I was able to experience a sponsored trip to Singapore as part of Cyber Security career development through the Canberra Institute of Technology.

This was an incredible 1-week experience where we visited private companies and universities looking at how they research and teach Cyber Security to new graduates and organisations.

The majority of the Canberra Institute of Technology students were re-skilling or up-skilling, which meant I was able to connect with students from diverse career backgrounds.

The trip helped me to become a change-leader within both the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Cyber industry, developing training opportunities to mature the Cyber security industry in Australia.

The Australian Computer Society’s conference, organised by the DTA, was another highlight and provided an opportunity to network with industry and explore aspects of our industry we don’t deal with day-to-day.

I participated in the Graduate Certificate remotely, which worked well in the first semester as I was able to do almost all of the assignments remotely.

In my final semester, the remote learning environment was challenging and there were some problems with the Lab environment. My lecturer was supportive of me during this time, adjusting the course requirements to help demonstrate my learning.

I valued the honesty and commitment to our well-being from my Career Development Support Officer, Louise, who offered advice and a perspective that, as graduates, we wouldn’t get from our supervisors and agency support team.

With my final rotation in the Cyber Security Operations Centre at the Bureau of Meteorology, I was able to instantly validate my learnings and use what I learnt.

The DTA team have done amazing work to facilitate our development into the digital industry and build solid communities across government.

If you would like to join the 2020 Digital Graduate Program applications are closing Friday 5 April 2019. Find out more about the Digital Graduate Program or email emergingtalent@dta.gov.au