Daniel

Daniel was working in not for profit volunteer roles, retail and the state government prior to applying for the AFP Graduate Program. Working in these varied roles gave Daniel a keen interest in working in a national security policy position.

What is your qualification?

Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology)

What areas of the AFP did you work in during your graduate year?

I had three rotations in different areas of the AFP – operational, policy and legislative reform.

What type of work did you do?

The graduate program helped me see where I could take my career by showing me policy development from within government. I had three rotations in different areas of the AFP – operational, policy and legislative reform. Having such a varied experience helped me understand how the AFP operates within government priorities.

The program also brought out the best of my skills and interests. As a graduate you get the opportunity to attend interesting training, off-site seminars, meetings with the Executive and sometimes even taking a trip up to Parliament House.

What was the highlight of your graduate year?

Being a graduate within the AFP gives you a great career opportunity as well giving you great friendships across the cohort. The highlight of my time in the Graduate Program was the opportunity to brief the Executive on a particular national security issue. It doesn’t sound like much, but writing a brief can be an amazing opportunity to develop your understanding of policy objectives, manage expectations and navigate the political climate within government. It provides an opportunity to play a role in the development of the AFP’s position on issues of national significance. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and pick up new skills.

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