Meet some of our graduates

Hamish Morton Data Analyst

What does your typical workday look like?

I currently work as a statistical analyst in the team that collects and publishes data on the Consumer Price Index. I tend to liken my job role to that of a story teller wherein I quality adjust and process data to draw out key stories which I then confront with external sources and present the key information to various internal stakeholders. 

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

Having studied economics and finance at university was quite interested in working somewhere that I could really delve into key economic data and understand how it is produced in the Australian context. After taking part in the 2020 program I learnt so much more about personal development, working in multi-disciplinary teams and leadership.

It also helped that the application process for the ABS was the first time that I had felt like an actual person when applying for graduate jobs! 

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad

Take advantage of as many of the optional aspects of the program as possible! They're a great way to meet people from work areas outside of your team, meet senior leaders and give back to the organisation.
 

France Gamble Data Analyst

What does your typical workday look like?

Depending on the day and the project, it can look different. I'll usually have a meeting or check-in with my team, have a quick skype chat with my supervisor (who's in a different state to me), and work on my project. With such a huge work program like the Census, there's always another milestone to aim for. We've been in preparation and learning mode the last 12 months, but it keeps evolving.

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

Honestly, I applied for dozens of graduate programs. I'm glad I landed at the ABS though because I found the graduate program to be a fantastic experience. There are so many opportunities you get as a grad. Working on a meaningful graduate project, attending various seminars (even if they had to be virtual), and of course, getting to shadow senior executives. All these parts of the grad program gave me an incredible insight into how the organisation operates.

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad?

You're only a grad once so stretch yourself and take every opportunity you can. Work hard but have fun. Make friends with your fellow grads because chances are, they're a great bunch, and will become a great network of colleagues and friends.
 

Lucinda Fretwell

What does your typical workday look like?

My typical day changes from week to week. I work on a variety of tasks and projects, but at the end of the day, these tasks all work towards improving the quality and accessibility of our data for our stakeholders and data users.

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

From very early on, I found the ABS culture really appealing. All the people I spoke with were welcoming and friendly, and it extends throughout the organisation. It's made such a difference to how much I look forward to work. I also found that the ABS gets their grads to work on real work from day one, facing real problems, working with real numbers and answering real questions from the beginning of the program, which also makes coming to work much more satisfying. 

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad?

The ABS employs people from so many diverse backgrounds. Just because you aren't a "data person", doesn't mean there isn't a place for you in the ABS. I would like to tell my past self that the skills I gained from my Arts degrees will be useful and will be valued in my job!
 

Fiona Mackie Data Scientist

What does your typical workday look like?

As a data scientist work with my team to identify what research questions need to be answered to support our strategic goals. I then work independently to plan exactly how to tackle the problem. A typical day for me involves writing programs to analyse large and complex data sets, and producing data visualisations and reports to share with my team. My team regularly meets to share our work and bounce ideas of each other, as we all work on separate pieces of a larger puzzle. There's a culture of knowledge sharing, with lots of opportunities to attend seminars from teams across the organisation.

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

I chose the ABS because I believed it was an organisation with a lot of integrity, and that the work done at the ABS makes a difference. In my time here so far, I've found that the ABS definitely lives up to its reputation.

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad?

If I could give one piece of advice to myself before I started as an ABS Grad, it would be to say yes to every opportunity even if it's something you have never done before. In my grad year I faced my fears of public speaking and hosted an ABS wide broadcast, it was such a great experience and I'm glad I had the courage to go for it!