Realising career goals as a new grad at Victoria Police
Mon 27 May 2019
When Victoria Police signed up to the Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into internship program, they saw it as a great opportunity to build disability confidence across the workforce and allow staff to strengthen their approach to inclusive leadership.
The Department was excited at the prospect of helping a student with disability become job-ready. Having seen how many young people had entered the workforce unaware of the reality of working life, they felt they could offer their intern a real understanding of what it takes to forge and maintain a professional career.
Through Stepping Into, they recruited Nathan Noblet, a 22-year-old Deakin University student of Commerce and Information Systems who was pursuing a career in Forensic Accounting. He was looking for some hands-on accounting experience and was thrilled to be matched with Victoria Police’s Corporate Finance Department.
“I applied for the Stepping Into program as I wanted to gain some experience in the accounting field. I found that I was being screened out of other programs as their recruitment practices relied on testing, such as personality quizzes, which can disadvantage people with Asperger's Syndrome and other disabilities on the autism spectrum,” said Nathan.
On Nathan’s first day with Victoria Police, he was formally set up with a buddy who would provide individual support for his six-week internship. During his time in the Department, he enjoyed a wide range of accounts payable tasks, from verifying invoices, to data analysis and reconciliations. Welcomed by a highly supportive team, he felt confident to ask questions and impressed them with his persistence and keen eye for detail.
By the end of the internship, it was clear to the team that Nathan had added real value.
“We were able to see firsthand the unique skills that Nathan was able to bring to an area which requires high attention to detail,” said Mark Cassar, Acting Manager, Shared Services Branch of the Department.
“It was a great experience for all parties. It provided Nathan with a professional network within the public sector and gave him the confidence to know that upon graduation a mainstream career was well and truly a pathway he could aspire to.”
The team were so impressed with Nathan’s commitment and skills that they urged him to apply for the 2017 Victorian Public Sector Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS). As a result, Nathan now works in a more complex role at Victoria Police and contributes to equitable employment initiatives as an active member of their Employee Accessibility and Advocacy Network.
“As a person with disability, having the chance to come to work each day in a workplace that values inclusion of workers with a disability is something that has given me great confidence. I am sure that the advantages that come with my disability have created value and I am sure other interns with a disability will deliver similar benefits,” said Nathan.
About Stepping Into
Stepping Into is a national internship program run by the Australian Network on Disability (AND). It connects skilled university students with disability to roles in leading Australian organisations.
Since Stepping Into started in 2005, more than 1,200 students have gained internships with over 110 organisations across Australia.
This program launches careers! Four months after graduating, 80% of students who’d completed a Stepping Into internship had gained employment, compared to only 58% of students who hadn’t completed an internship.
We’re currently accepting applications for internship placements in summer 2019-20. Organisations hosting internships this season include ANZ, Attorney General’s Department, Barwon Health, BHP, Department of Education and Training, IAG, Telstra, University of Sydney, Victoria Police, Westpac and more.
Find out more about the Stepping Into program and current opportunities for students.