by Katie Newcombe, Senior Tutor
Our seminar series for students’ future and career planning continued at the end of Semester 2 with our Careers in Government panel. Having held careers nights for students interested in medicine, engineering, law, and further study, we were delighted to share with our students the rewarding career opportunities to be found in the public service.
On 3 October in the JCR, after our first Formal Dinner back after the mid-sem break, we welcomed a panel of dedicated NSW public servants, each from different stages of their public service careers. On the panel were: Alison Morgan, Executive Director in the Premier’s Department and long-term career public servant with over 30 years experience across multiple agencies; Emma Martinho-Truswell, Director of Strategy and Projects in the NSW Department of Education, who has worked with government agencies in both the public and private sectors for the last 20 years; and Lizzie Miller, a solicitor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who entered the public service as a Graduate Policy Officer, working for the Department of Education, the Minister for Education and Early Learning, before joining the Legal Development Programme.
Discussion ranged from the type of creative and team-driven work to be found in the public service, to the flexibility working in government provides to experience a variety of projects and teams, to, crucially, the rewarding nature of government work – helping members of our broader community in direct and tangible ways. As our hope for all St Paul’s students is for them to be outward looking and servant-hearted leaders, this was an inspiring message for our young people. Students from both St Paul’s and Sancta Sophia College attended the seminar, with many students staying on after to chat to our panellists and more lively discussions and questions followed!
The Senior Tutor, together with the Community and Development Office, are looking forward to continuing our careers panel series in 2024. They are an important educational offering for our students, whether in their 1st or final year of university study, as they think about where to take their degrees and their university and St Paul’s education.
Shortly information will be provided to alumni who may be willing to assist in these panels and as mentors for senior students. Please contact Richard Morgan at the College if you would like to volunteer.