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Graduate Profiles

Kate Traeger: Degree – Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours) and Diploma in Languages (German)

"I moved from Adelaide to Canberra to join Methodology. I felt very welcome and supported in the section that I started in and this made starting a new job in a new state a little less overwhelming. The ABS graduate development program really helped with the transition from university into a corporate environment, as well as providing the opportunity to get to know other graduates and to gain skills outside of those learnt through project work. In my first year I worked across two teams as well as participating in several training programs. This gave me the opportunity to be part of multiple interesting projects and to broaden my skills beyond what I had learnt at university. My degree was a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours) and Diploma in Languages (German). I completed the Graduate Development Program in 2013."

Rachel Shipp: Degree – Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Sociology and Statistics)

"I completed the ABS grad program in 2013, and found that the ABS really values its graduates; they gave us plenty of training and opportunities to meet with the executive staff. Everyone I’ve worked with has been very approachable and keen to help me develop and to find my niche within the organisation.
"I now work in the Demography section at the ABS doing population estimates and projections, and I find the work to be varied, challenging, and relevant to my degree, which is exactly what I wanted out of a graduate job. I enjoy knowing that my job actually affects the way society operates – the ABS has a great reputation for the reliability of its data, and official statistics are vital for a well-functioning democracy, so I really appreciate that the work I do each day is meaningful and valuable.

Joy Swift: Degree – Bachelor of Finance

"I came to the ABS in a graduate position in Macroeconomic Research, after I graduated with a Bachelor of Finance at university. I am able to apply the business and research experience from university to my current job. On top of this, I've been able to develop these skills further in on-the-job situations outside the classroom. Since the ABS is the national statistical agency, I have been able to enjoy the opportunity to work on big current economic issues here - issues which also often come up in the news. People at the ABS are also very friendly and happy to help. There are no dumb questions and people at all levels are willing to share with you what they know. Coming in as part of a graduate cohort also means you have a network and support from day one. The graduate training provided means that you really understand what it means to work for the Public Service and for the national statistical organisation."

Sandra Ginev: Degree – Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Bachelor of International Relations

"I graduated with a double degree - Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Bachelor of International Relations. I moved from Brisbane to Canberra for the graduate program in 2012. During my graduate program I worked in a project team and then in Financial Statistics. Moving away from home for the first time to live independently and start full-time work was very daunting originally. However, the ABS graduate program, the ABS working environment, and the ABS work colleagues made the transition comfortable and easy. I really enjoy working at the ABS, because it has an excellent work culture, flexible work environment, many career opportunities, and has allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills. The ABS Graduate Program has equipped me with the ability to network, to cope with change, challenges, and to prepare me for a rewarding career in the ABS and the broader APS. I now work in Public Finance and Local Government, which is based in the Queensland office. I feel that the ABS Graduate Program has really prepared me well for my new role in the Queensland office. Public Finance and Local Government has helped me to develop my subject matter knowledge in Economics beyond the university level. As well as providing me with the opportunity to work in an area, which is one of the important economic indicators."

Gareth Biggs: Degree – Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Hons)

"I joined the ABS at the end of 2012 to start work as a Graduate in the Data Access and Confidentiality Methodology Unit within the Methodology and Data Management Division. I joined the ABS after completing a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Hons) at the University of Wollongong. I participated in and completed the graduate program in 2013, finding a very rewarding experience, making many new life long friends and easing the transition from university life to full time employment. The ABS has continued to support my development by providing me with assistance and support while I am completing my Masters part time."

Kate Sollis: Degree – Bachelor of Statistics

"After completing a Bachelor of Statistics at the ANU, I began my career at the ABS in 2012 as a graduate in the Methodology and Data Management Division. I gained valuable experiences throughout my graduate year by having the opportunity to meet different people from a wide range of backgrounds, and being able to engage in valuable training opportunities such as the Survey Methods course run by the Methodology and Data Management Division. I have enjoyed my various roles in the ABS so far working in Prices Methodology, Predictive Modelling for Census, and Data Integration."

Abaigh Collins: Degree – Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Transitioning from university to full-time employment was challenging but made easier by the supportive culture at the ABS. After relocating from Sydney to Canberra, the graduate network provided the social support I needed to find my feet again. I started off in a subject matter area in social statistics, before later rotating to an area looking at education statistics. After working on three different publication releases, I have been able to see the output of my work in the forefront of informing policy and decision-making. The graduate program has provided the opportunity to not only develop skills that are directly relevant to my work, but has shaped the foundation of my career.

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