Next month I'll mark my fifteenth year in the workforce. Thirteen of those fifteen years I've worked in local government. My current role involves leading a department that is focused on developing pathways for local people into employment.
Time and time again the conversation turns to how to get a job with Council.
Over the past nine months we've been running industry insights sessions covering a wide range of sectors. This week we ran a session focused on careers in local government. The turnout was huge! More than seventy people showed up to the hour and a half session. Many people stayed on at the end, asking questions, networking, soaking up as much insight as they could.
The message was clear, people want to work at Council.
Having sat in on hundreds of interviews over the years I hear a lot of reasons why people apply for jobs in local government. Unfortunately, the most common reason has been "because I want to work at Council."
Folks, you can do better.
Here at eight reasons to want work in local government that are better than "because I want to work at Council"
- You believe in the ability of local government to make a real difference for local people.
- You live locally and you want to spend your working hours doing something that makes your local community a better place to be.
- You get excited about integrating ideas and skillsets to get better outcomes. Few organisations combine so many disciplines (engineers, nurses, landscape designers, youth workers, app developers, etc.) in one organisation, all working towards the same end goal.
- You live locally and embrace a low carbon lifestyle. Walking, cycling and driving short distances is a better way to get to work.
- You believe in the power of place-based, community-led approaches.
- You're passionate about aligning business, community and government to achieve social, economic and environmental outcomes and think this is best done when people are invested in the long-term outcomes of a place.
- You can see that the greatest challenges of the next 50 years will be solved first at a local level - small local action leading to big widespread change.
- You have more to offer than your qualifications and experience. You speak a local community language, have local community networks and you invest your whole self in working to make the lives of your neighbours better.
So really, why do you want to work in local government?
Custodians of Yass Valley’s Precious Water Resource
Water and Wastewater Team – Yass Valley Council Meet Kuga Kugaprasatham and Aaron Shepherd from Yass Valley Council’s Water and Wastewater team. Along with their colleagues, Kuga and
From Veteran to General Manager
A career journey guided by an unwavering drive to serve. In 1999, The Australian Defence Force (ADF) was deployed to Indonesian-occupied East Timor as the leading force in The United
A Role with Purpose in a Region Steeped in History
Q&A with Conrad Webb, Manager Enterprise Risk Systems – Hawkesbury City Council How long have you worked for Hawkesbury City Council? Nearly a year, although it feels longer - people
Veterans - is the juice worth the squeeze?
Yes, says Mark Bransdon, Learning and Development Officer – People and Performance, Campbelltown City Council. What was your background in the Defence Force? I enlisted into the
A Firm Focus On The Future
Nicole Wilson’s role is all about planning for the future. And she loves it. As Manager Integrated Planning for Western Australia’s Shire of Murray, Nicole develops the strategic
Veterans - a good fit for councils
Mick De Groot, Asset Manager at Gunnedah Shire Council shares why he feels Defence personnel are a good fit for Local Government. What’s your role at Council? I am currently employed as
Friends, Flexibility and a Great Workplace Culture
Q&A with Aimee Hunt, Payroll/HR Officer – Narromine Shire Council We recently caught up with Payroll/HR Officer, Aimee Hunt and talked to her about her role, and what she enjoys about
Where there is water, there is life.
This is certainly true for Kent Harris, Water and Waste Superintendent for Moree Plains Shire Council. Kent plays an integral role in the delivery of a clean, regular water supply and
Smashing a Few Glass Ceilings
Casey Smith, Moree Plains Shire Council’s Parks and Open Space Superintendent, celebrated ten years with Council in February 2020 and has paved a unique path to the top, while smashing
Victor Zhou: An Asset to the City of Canterbury Bankstown
Located 13kms south west of Sydney’s CBD, the City of Canterbury Bankstown covers an area of 110km2 and serves one of the most culturally, socially and economically diverse communities
An award-winning start with a Career at Council.
Councils across the country are giving young people a great start in their career by offering traineeships and apprenticeships to many hundreds of school students and school leavers. We