Generalist Career Pathway

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The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is responsible for national policies and programs that ensure Australians can experience the wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, skills and employment provide.

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We offer career opportunities for highly talented, enthusiastic and motivated graduates who have excellent team work, interpersonal and communication skills and personal drive.

What our generalist pathway graduates do

As a generalist graduate, you will find yourself working in various roles that may include policy development and advice, project and contract management, program implementation, governance and communications.

Some of DESE’s strategic priorities, which you may work on, include:

  • improving learning outcomes by enabling quality, affordable and accessible early education and care for families
  • improving schooling outcomes for our children
  • equipping the workforce of the future through globally competitive tertiary education, training and research sectors
  • helping people find and keep a job, create their own job, change jobs, reskill and enjoy fulfilling careers
  • developing a strong evidence base for effective policy that reflects and understands the varied needs of the Australian population, business and industry.

Please see our website for further information on the department’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

‘I am working on the implementation of the New Employment Services Trial across different regions of Australia. This work directly feeds into the design of the New Employment Services (NESM) model, which rolls out nationwide in 2022 to support Australians looking for work! Compared to previous work I’ve done in the private sector, I feel like the work I do here creates something important for the wider community.

This work requires people who are adaptable, have a good attention to detail and can self-manage. A genuine interest in the issue of unemployment and how government can create solutions that help people is a must.’ - Kate, Graduate (2020)

‘My job as a Policy Officer and Secretariat Support to the Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Council is all about providing logistical support for senior skills officials and skills ministers’ meetings. This includes liaising with venues and jurisdictional staff. And I get to travel around the country to provide on-site support. Seeing Ministers in action is pretty impressive! (And I am so lucky I work with an amazing team!) But in this role, the degree you have isn’t as important as your work ethic so if you don’t know what to do after graduation joining a graduate program like this is a great way to find what you want to do.’ - Kristine, Graduate (2019)

Who we are looking for

  • Tertiary qualifications in any discipline
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, problem solve and work as part of a team
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively engage with co-workers and stakeholders
  • Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and an attitude open to learning and innovation


The department has consistently featured in the Top 100 Graduate Employer rankings over the past few years. This achievement highlights our active commitment to supporting talented graduates, helping them to expand their skills and experience, and reach their full potential.