Craig values WILS work experience
Bachelor of Laws graduate Craig Marquet entered the department as a recipient of a Work Integrated Learning Scholarship in mid-2017.
The $15,000 Department of Education bursary, which allows full-time tertiary study to be combined with work experience in the department, aims to boost the participation of high-achieving students in the public sector.
Grant beneficiaries, who are employed in the department on a temporary contract, must complete work placements of six to 12 weeks during semester breaks.
The former Charles Darwin University scholar became aware of the scholarship during a university Open Day.
“I had been looking for a program that allowed me to continue developing my workplace skills and knowledge while I completed my studies,” he said.
“WILS has been effective in introducing me to a range of people, their duties and team cultures. So far, I have rotated through positions in Early Childhood and Care, Risk Management and Audit, and HR.
“The opportunity is making me a more competitive candidate for ongoing employment.”
Craig believes his placements have broadened his understanding of the structure and processes of the department, and the government.
“The scholarship has helped build aptitudes that are department and government specific,” he said.
“I’ve become familiar with areas I would not otherwise have seen, and aware of career avenues I hadn’t realised were available.
“I’m looking for a position where I can help drive the development of more effective and efficient education systems for all students.
“I’d like to use my law degree to ensure the department’s previous and proposed work undergoes critical evaluation, leading to constant improvements in outcomes for Territory children.”
The Secretariat worker, now with one placement remaining, may gravitate towards a project or policy role.
Craig and his wife have lived in the Territory for five years. The one-time English language teacher in Japan and South Korea is a keen gardener who loves to travel, enjoys good local food with his wife, and spending time with his dogs.
The department is supporting 14 WILS recipients.