2010 DSS Graduate: Jessica Ranjit

Jessica RanjitQualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

University: University of New England

Stream: Generalist

Why did you apply for the DSS graduate program?
I wanted to work on issues that affect all Australians and am most interested in the social policies dealt with by DSS.

What were your rotations like?
My first rotation was in the Office of Housing where I worked on important issues such as housing for older Australians and Rent Assistance policy. I also wrote Senate Estimates briefs and minutes to the Minister.

My second rotation was in the Family and Child Support Policy Branch where I worked in stakeholder management, liaising with organisations funded by the Commonwealth to develop and improve Family and Child Support policy.

What were/are your key responsibilities?
Writing briefs for Senate Estimates, developing policy, writing ministerial correspondence and organising and coordinating national meetings.

What opportunities were made available to you?
Lots of professional learning and development, access to high level policy development and the opportunity to meet the Minister.

What were your professional and personal highlights during the DSS Graduate program and how did you find the transition to Canberra?
I wrote a paper regarding DSS’s priorities which was then forwarded to another department as input for their policy development. It was great to be part of a whole-of-government response to the needs of the Australian community.

I also found some great, like-minded people to work with.

The transition to Canberra was definitely made easier as a graduate through the connections and instant social network that was quickly established. The Graduate team made my move to Canberra smoother than expected.

Where are you working now?
After completing the Graduate program, I won a permanent position in the Family and Child Support Branch.

Why would you recommend the DSS Graduate Program?
From what I hear from my networks, the DSS Graduate program is one of the best, with lots of learning and development opportunities, and a people-focused environment and collective agreement.

Content Updated: 2 December 2013