Learning from experience the key for young professionals

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Staff in the early stages of their career gathered for the annual IPAA WA Young Professionals Conference to hear how sector leaders have crafted a career with impact
Director General Darren Foster speaks at the Young Professionals Conference 2019

Image: Attendees converse with Director General Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Darren Foster, and Young Professional Advisory Committee Chair and Master of Ceremonies Danielle Hay

Leading young professionals from across the public sector looking to craft a career with impact received the wisdom of hindsight from some of the sector’s most distinguished leaders at the Young Professionals Conference 2019.

Hosted by IPAA WA’s dedicated Young Professional Advisory Committee (YPAC), the Conference provided a forum to explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities on the table for up and coming public sector professionals.

Director General of the Department of Finance, Jodi Cant, spoke of constantly seeking better ways of working. Jodi’s story is one of leading transformation and growth, having overseen a renowned innovation program in her former role as Chief Executive of Landgate. To Jodi, making meaningful networks can expand your knowledge and influence beyond your immediate role.

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In your career, don’t get fixated on where you’re going. Fantastic things can come from elsewhere.

Director General Jodi Cant

Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Darren Foster, and Executive Director of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Rebecca Ball, both emphasised that change is constant and the best opportunities can be the least expected.

“What you’ve got to do is get used to change, embrace it and be resilient,” Darren Foster said.

“You learn from things you don’t like, not from things you do,” Executive Director Ball said.

Attendees heard from a range of other public and private sector leaders including Peter Kerr, Executive Manager Growth at Western Power, Professor Anita Ghose, Partner at Deloitte, and YPAC Member Samantha Kennedy from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

“This comes at a crucial time for public sector young professionals as we seek to innovate and improve the way government works for the people of Western Australia,” said YPAC Chair and Master of Ceremonies, Danielle Hay.

“Young professionals left with tools they need to understand their customers’ experience, influence their organisations, and use their unique skillset to contribute to the bigger picture.”

The Conference is hosted annually by IPAA WA’s YPAC. Email or follow YPAC to find out more about the committee and its other events.

“I have been fortunate enough to be involved with a few conferences and seminars, but the Young Professionals Conference was an absolute standout. The highlight was the quality of the speakers and the advice they had to offer,” said Kadin Arslanoski, an attendee from the Department of Education.

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Page reviewed 9 October 2019
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