Graduate development program - Craig Maquet

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The ability to work on a range of projects for the Department of Education and the strong connections made with staff have been nominated as some of the benefits of the Graduate Development Program by participants.

Law graduate Craig Maquet said spending the past twelve months in the program built on the skills he learnt at university.

“The best part of the program was the wide exposure to different areas within the department, it was a good opportunity to gain a lot of different experiences and to make useful connections,” he said.

The Northern Territory Government initiative provides full time work to eligible university graduates. Through their placements, graduates are able to boost their skills in a range of areas, including project management, research and working with legislation. The program is also designed to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the department.

Now an alumnus of the program, Craig also holds degrees in both health and science. He said he found the program to be a positive experience.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work in and understand both Secretariat and Early Childhood Education and Care,” he said.

Craig enjoyed his time with the department so much, he has decided to continue his employment in the Northern Territory Public Service, working as a senior policy and project officer in the department.

“The program has helped me improve my project delivery skills and I’m enjoying the daily challenges of this type of work.”

Graduate development program - Craig Maquet

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