You’ve got a head for details and are skilled in organisation. Now, turn your natural talents into a rewarding new career by studying a government course.
What do government graduates do?
Graduates of government courses may seek employment in a wide variety of roles across a range of government departments, which means your day-to-day duties will vary, depending on the role you take on. However, your work will likely be focused on managing the operations of projects or teams, and will include tasks such as:
- Identifying and organising key government goals and strategic priorities;
- Developing plans, policies and procedures relating to the operation and objectives of the department;
- Monitoring and advising on projects;
- Authorising the allocation and movement of resources, including financial and human resources;
- Leading teams and training and managing staff members;
- Providing day-to-day guidance and direction to achieve department objectives;
- Assessing changing situations, managing conflict and responding accordingly;
- Conducting meetings;
- Preparing reports, submissions and notes;
- Conducting monitoring and evaluation activities of projects and activities;
- Representing the department in public;
- Ensuring the government’s ongoing compliance with relevant regulations; and
- Liaising between different departments and teams within a government department.
Depending on the level of your qualification, you may perform a range of senior leadership, including developing a strategic or organisational plan, managing high-level projects, and making key strategic decisions.
You’ll find working in the public sector rewarding if you:
- Love working with people
- Are highly organised
- Have strong written communication skills
- Can pay attention to detail
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Have excellent time management and organisational skills
- Enjoy problem-solving
- Are highly motivated
- Can think strategically and exercise sound judgment
- Can make decisions
- Can work well in a team
- Are flexible
- Want a job where you can make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts strong growth in job opportunities for managers over the next decade, predicting the profession will grow to employ an additional 7,900 people by 2020. Currently employing approximately 51,000 people, the profession is considered large, and roles are available in most areas of Australia.
Similarly, job opportunities for chief executive officers and senior managers are also increasing, with Job Outlook reporting that approximately 67,700 people will be employed in those roles by 2020. Currently, approximately 58,900 people are employed as CEOs and managing directors in Australia.
According to PayScale, a general manager can expect to earn a salary between $54,000 and $160,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $92,000. An operations manager can expect to earn between $35,000 and $90,000 per year, and entry-level managers may enjoy earning a competitive average salary of approximately $50,000 per year.