The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is hosting two graduates in 2018 through the Graduate Development Program.
Hear from one of our graduates, Adam, as he shares with us his motivation for applying to be a graduate at AFMA.
Can you tell us about your background?
I studied a Double Degree of Science (Biological Science) and Social Science (Policy) and recently completed my Honours in Marine Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). It was during my Honours where I fell into aquatic ecology, conservation and management and have not looked back! My research experience was collaborating with UNSW and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science as part of an ongoing project to restore seaweed forests in the Sydney coastal area. Like many other graduates, I moved interstate for the grad program.
What made you apply for the AFMA Graduate Development Program?
There are a heap of graduate programs available, however AFMA stood out because of the important role it plays in Australia and on a global scale. Being a graduate at AFMA means that I can build on my knowledge in policy and marine science within the domestic and foreign compliance areas first-hand. It is also worth noting that AFMA is a smaller agency, allowing graduates the opportunity to play a significant part amongst a range of projects and key decisions, including the management of your own project.
Currently I am enjoying AFMA and working in my team. AFMA has a ‘doors-open’ policy whereby co-workers, including the Executive leadership team are happy to answer questions or if you want to find out more about a particular area of the agency. This goes a long way in terms of your learning and development as well as being a good chance to network. AFMA’s Diploma in Government as part of the Graduate Development Program also goes to show that the agency cares about your learning and development and is willing to invest in your career development. All of these factors create for a great work environment.
What are you most looking forward to for your graduate year?
There are a number of things that I am excited for in the graduate year. My first rotation in Fisheries Operations Branch will give me the opportunity to look at how we can better utilise data to identify and manage compliance risks in the international fisheries space. I will also be contributing to briefing for Regional Fisheries Management Organisation meetings whereby key decisions are made to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. There is also an industry visit where I heard last year’s graduates got the opportunity to manage a project at Lakes Entrance in Victoria. Knowing that I will have the chance to manage a fisheries-based project somewhere in Australia sounds challenging yet highly rewarding and fun!
For more information on the AFMA Graduate Development Program, visit afma.gov.au