Candidate Story

Cameron

“I’ve struggled with a bit of imposter syndrome in the past, but after the thorough training and assessment program, I really felt I could demonstrate who I am and what I could do. I don’t feel as though I have to try and prove myself, I’m ready to just get in and learn the work.”

Cameron

When I applied for the Brisbane Federal Talent Hub, I’d only recently received my diagnosis, and reflecting back on my previous work experience I knew it was important that my next job be with a business that could be proactive about integrating employees on the spectrum.

Applying for an awesome opportunity

The Brisbane Federal Talent Hub had several positions available suited to my skill set, provided support to participants during the assessment process and as well as afterwards regardless of the outcome, and ensured that each of the positions available had work environments accommodating of ASD. It was a no-brainer for me to put in an application, it all sounded like an awesome opportunity.

The three words I’d use to describe the program are collaborative, hands-on (I know that one’s kind of cheating), and reassuring. That last one was particularly impressive because the 4-week training and assessment program began right as the COVID-19 pandemic was ramping up and lockdown restrictions came sweeping in overnight.

Camaraderie with the other candidates

But despite the turbulent circumstances, and the program being digitised for the first time with virtually no notice for the organisers, we had daily contact with the program conveners including regular one-on-one checkups, who kept us well-informed of upcoming steps throughout the entire rapidly-changing process. And although the program ran online, I think interactions with other candidates were the most memorable part of the program, along with the camaraderie that arose as a cohort.

After completing all the activities, seminars and preparatory tasks, I felt entirely ready to take on the position I was offered.

My new job

I’m starting work with the Taskforce Integrity and Fraud Investigations branch of Services Australia, as an Operational Intelligence Analyst. I’ll be helping to reverse engineer trends in claim fraud in order to detect and prevent future cases, while engaging with other stakeholders in the fraud investigation process to balance our objectives with their requirements.

I’m looking forward to learning what it’s like to work in an Analyst position in this industry. It’s a bit of a departure from my previous software developer experience, but one that I’m open to. That said, I’m also excited to bring my technical knowledge with me into the team and to be able to share that.

It’s nice going into this new job confident that I’ve shown my employer what I’m capable of and how I interact with others.

Check out some of our other candidate stories below

 

Ashley

“Before doing this program, I was reeling from a job that left me feeling broken and self-critical, feeling like I wasn't deserving or good enough to find work, especially work which was stable and accommodating.”Specialisterne's NSW PSC Tailored Talent program not...

Annaliese

"When I found out about Specialisterne, I was so relieved because I knew their program would give me a chance at employment without worrying how or when I would disclose my autism to my employer, and whether they would provide support for my sensory needs and...

Michael

"I found it was a very interesting experience getting to meet others who were in similar positions to me, struggling looking for work, many of whom also went to the same university as me, and interestingly some of whom I even recognised from my own degree courses."I...

Cameron

"I’ve struggled with a bit of imposter syndrome in the past, but after the thorough training and assessment program, I really felt I could demonstrate who I am and what I could do. I don’t feel as though I have to try and prove myself, I’m ready to just get in and...

Sean

“I think being able to show my skills in a less formal, more relaxed manner helps the hiring managers make better decisions as to who to hire. I for one have great difficulty in describing my talents, but I am quite adept at showing them. Standard recruitment...

Check out some of our current opportunities below 

Analyst/Consultants (x5 roles): Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, WFH

We are excited to partner with Deloitte in their search for five (5) Analyst/Consultants to work in their teams from our community of talented autistic candidates.
At Deloitte, we create positively differentiated work experiences that enable our people to feel valued and achieve their full potential. Deloitte Australia opens the door to a career that can cross borders virtually and physically across Asia Pacific to gain experience and access projects beyond Australia’s borders.

We value difference, and embrace people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, gender identities, abilities and thinking styles. Knowing that people work best in a variety of ways, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements if the working pattern you are looking for is not specifically indicated.

We’re committed to continually building a safe and respectful workplace, where all our people feel appreciated and accepted. Through the creation of endorsed employee-led diversity networks which promote cultural, disability, LGBTI+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and gender equality, we’re leading the way to shape an environment where everybody can thrive.

Data and Analytics Interns (5x roles): Melbourne, Sydney, WFH, or client office

We are excited to partner with EY Australia (EY) in their search for Data and Analytics Interns from our community of talented autistic candidates.

EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.

These roles are internships offered on a full-time, fixed-term, 12-month contract from the commencement date. Part-time hours may be negotiated.

You will work in a team that supports our clients in defining and implementing a data solution to solve real business challenges.

Systems Engineer – Entry Level (Grade 7): Macquarie Park, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Systems Engineer – Entry Level from our community of autistic candidates.

The primary purpose of the role is to support projects in the tailoring and implementation of Systems Engineering methodologies to ensure business needs are articulated clearly and that solutions developed meet functional, engineering and safety standards.

The Systems Engineer – Entry Level will develop a sound understanding of the breadth and complexities of the project activities across Technical Services and the operating environment. They will work cooperatively and proactively with organisations interfacing with the project and build solid working relationships and partnerships.

Project Coordinator: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Project Coordinator from our community of autistic candidates.

The Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with project teams and coordinates the development of project related information for the efficient and on-time delivery of projects.

The role performs project management coordination and support activities to contribute to the development and delivery of a range of projects in line with established objectives.

Assistant Designer (Projects | Engineering & Design): Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for an Assistant Designer (Projects | Engineering & Design) from our community of autistic candidates.

The primary purpose of the role is to undertake detailed design management activities, design review and research under supervision, for a project within clearly defined scope, quality, time and cost constraints.

Candidates with a background or interest in Engineering or Architecture are well suited to this role.

With the Northwest line already in operation and works well underway on the City & Southwest, West and Western Sydney Airport lines, Sydney will enjoy a fully operational Metro network by 2030.

Come and join one of the divisions that focus on achieving community outcomes for the greater good and on putting our customers at the centre and our people at the heart of everything we do.

Reporting Officer: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Reporting Officer from our community of autistic candidates.

The role generates and implements effective and informative reports to clearly demonstrate business performance outcomes, and stakeholder and customer benefits relating to a number of social procurement policies. The role also provides high level administrative and communications support to contribute toward the effective operation of the social procurement and industry development team, and alignment to the wider Sydney Metro Workforce Development & Industry Participation strategy.

The Reporting Officer will be responsible for the effective reporting and using the performance management tool to ensure the successful monitoring of workforce development and industry participation targets.

Project Development Officer: Parramatta, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Project Development Officer from our community of autistic candidates.

The role is responsible for supporting the early development of road and bridge infrastructure projects through to completion of the detailed concept design and environmental approval.

The Project Development Officer is responsible for working effectively within large project teams to support project development staff in achieving optimum project outcomes.

Analyst/Consultant Managed Services Team: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, WFH

We are excited to partner with Deloitte in their search for an Analyst/Consultant to work in their Cloud Managed Services Team from our community of talented autistic candidates.

The successful candidate will work in the Cloud Managed Services Team that sits within Deloitte Consulting. Deloitte’s Cloud Managed Services Team provide an end-to-end solution for running an organisation’s operations on managed cloud infrastructure across all major providers, optimised for the client’s own application and data portfolios as well as Deloitte managed solutions. Our services include cloud-based infrastructure operations, service management, cybersecurity, optimisation, and compliance support.

Deloitte is looking for candidates with a great mix of skills to work in their Cloud Managed Services team.

Analyst/Consultant Cloud Engineering: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, WFH

We are excited to partner with Deloitte in their search for an Analyst/Consultant to work in their Cloud and Engineering Team from our community of talented autistic candidates.

Our Cloud and Engineering services team help clients integrate technology seamlessly into the fabric of their day-to-day business. Deloitte experts provide infrastructure and networking solutions to connect, optimise, and manage private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions across leading platforms, including AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba, VMware, Cisco, and Arista.

No matter where you are on your cloud journey, Deloitte’s Cloud and Engineering Practice, in combination with specialists across Deloitte’s deep technical network, can work with your organisation to find your cloud possible.

Governance and Assurance Officer: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Governance and Assurance Officer from our community of autistic candidates.

The role is responsible for providing information and support, to enable decision making and to ensure that governance frameworks, policies and procedures are consistently applied. The role will support the branch in developing and implementing governance and assurance processes and systems.

The function of the team is to primarily to lead strategy and implementation of the CDM, however it is also responsible for the leadership of business planning activities for the division, delivery of strategic projects, and management and oversight of the governance functions across the division.

APS4 Data Analyst: Brisbane, QLD

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for a Data Analyst from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The team provides data management services to the Intelligence and Investigation Branch to detect, disrupt and deter criminal acts against our customers.

The Data Management and Scheduling team’s primary objective is to provide data support to our Branch by managing data assets and processes.

This may include scheduling, data updates, ingesting data from external and internal sources, extracting information and reporting on the highest risk of fraud threats, including emergency disaster event fraud and identity fraud across all programs.

Additionally, deploying detection strategies, oversight of scheduled data process to enable fraud detection and assurance activities, management of selection referrals, including detection tools (e.g. data breaches), and to support our selection’s reporting capabilities by extracting data may also form part of your role.

Analyst/Consultant Platform Engineer: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, WFH

We are excited to partner with Deloitte in their search for an Analyst/Consultant to work in their Platform Engineering Team from our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Deloitte Cloud and Engineering team are united in their pursuit of technical excellence, passion for delivery, and aspirations to continuously improve. Most important of all, we thrive on our focus on life-work balance and ensuring we have fun. We have been able to capitalise on the incredible benefits available, including flex-time, an award-winning parental leave package, a suite of learning and development opportunities (technical certifications, leadership and personal development), and most recently, are celebrating winning “Most Popular Technology Employer – Large” (GradConnection/AFR).

Deloitte Cloud and Engineering is changing the way that businesses leverage cloud-native technology to solve the toughest technology challenges faced by our customers!

APS5 Analyst Officer (TQC): Brisbane, QLD

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for an Analyst Officer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

You will be working in the Tactical Quality Centre (TQC), who apply a quality management perspective to business processes that improves the quality of products and services to meet the needs of customers, the agency and government.

The Analyst Officer works under the general direction of senior staff, exercising a degree of independent judgement and making decisions within defined parameters that require reliance on skills and knowledge.

Analyst Officers interpret and negotiate stakeholder requests. They analyse datasets with a variety of tools to research, solve organisational issues, and identify trends and insights in order to achieve optimal outcomes for both stakeholders and the agency.

Analyst Officers provide assistance to identify and achieve efficiencies and provide problem solutions through analysis of information and data. They are responsible for the collection, interpretation and examination of information or data, and contribute to reports, findings, decision making or recommendations using an evidence based approach.

Project Manager: Macquarie Park, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Project Manager from our community of autistic candidates.

The role leads and delivers high level project support to ensure the efficient functioning of the senior executive management and their respective Division. This includes managing all cross-functional issues affecting the group such as safety, financial, project processes, reporting, strategic planning and organisational improvement.

The Project Manager will guide and co-ordinate the project planning process for the Division, ensuring alignment with corporate strategies and initiatives.

Analyst/Consultant Quality Engineer: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, WFH

We are excited to partner with Deloitte in their search for an Analyst/Consultant to work in their Quality Engineering Team from our community of talented autistic candidates.

Deloitte’s Cloud and Engineering practice are obsessed with all things tech and love the idea of changing the way that businesses leverage technology. Our team builds platforms so that our clients can disrupt industries before industries disrupt them. We build modern technology solutions that run on premise, in the cloud, or a hybrid of both. We’re looking for Quality Consultants to join our team to work on a range of client projects.

Aurora Neurodiversity Program

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 4 – 2022 (x4 roles): Brisbane, QLD

Specialisterne Australia is excited to be partnering with Services Australia (the agency) to deliver the Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2022. We are looking to recruit individuals interested in cyber security, test engineer, technical engineer, solutions design and developer roles from our community of talented autistic candidates.

The agency recognises every story counts. Each individual brings their own range of skills and perspectives to the workplace.

The agency values inclusion and diversity and supports staff to reach their full potential.

Customer Service Representative: Lytton, QLD

We are excited to partner with Weir ESCO in their search for a Customer Service Representative from our community of talented autistic candidates.

Weir ESCO® is a world leading manufacturer and distributor of cast wear parts, bucket solutions and ground engaging tools for mining, construction and industrial customers. With more than 100 years of experience, ESCO’s global engineering and technical teams offer expert support to customers who need trusted mission critical components for their operation.

Your primary objective is to provide product and service information to customers and identify up-selling opportunities to maintain and increase income streams. You will provide new and existing customers with the best possible service in relation to billing inquiries, service requests, suggestions and complaints.

A hybrid work/home option may be offered.

APS5 Project Officer: Brisbane, QLD

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for a Project Officer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

Project Officers in the Portfolio Management Office provide high-level procedural, administrative and operational support by assisting in collecting, designing, analysing and reporting information.

Project Officers interpret and negotiate stakeholder requests in order to achieve optimal outcomes for both stakeholders and the agency. Working under the general direction of senior staff, they exercise a degree of independent judgement and make decisions within define parameters that require reliance on skills and knowledge.

Reporting Coordinator: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Reporting Coordinator from our community of autistic candidates.

Sydney Metro is leading Australia’s biggest public transport infrastructure program, developing and delivering a new world-class metro railway system for Sydney.

The role provides coordination of reporting and support services for the development and maintenance as well as continuous improvement of regular reports.

The role also enables effective decision making across projects and provides high level administrative and communications support to contribute toward the effective operation of the social procurement and industry development team, and alignment to the wider Sydney Metro Workforce Development & Industry Participation strategy.

APS5 Analyst Officer: Brisbane, QLD

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for an Analyst Officer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The agency’s analyst staff work across a range of business areas and provide support to areas by assisting in collecting, designing, analysing and reporting information.

Data analysts analyse datasets with a variety of tools to research and solve organisational issues and identify trends and insights in support of organisational outcomes.

Analyst Officers provide assistance to identify and achieve efficiencies and provide problem solutions through analysis of information and data.

They are responsible for the collection, interpretation and examination of information or data, and contributing to the work areas reports, findings, decision making or recommendations using an evidence-based approach.
Analyst Officers interpret and negotiate stakeholder requests in order to achieve optimal outcomes for both stakeholders and the agency.

Working under the general direction of senior staff, they exercise a degree of independent judgement and make decisions within defined parameters that require reliance on skills and knowledge.

Transport for NSW Tailored Talent Program 2022

Specialisterne Australia is delighted to be partnering again with Transport for NSW to deliver the Transport for NSW Tailored Talent Program 2022!

Through this program we are looking to recruit individuals interested in the areas of data analysis, systems engineering, project management and administration from our community of autistic candidates.

Data Analyst: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Data Analyst from our community of autistic candidates.

The Data Analyst will be responsible for achieving and maintaining high standards of service delivery in liaison with clients and team members, managing time and prioritising issues, and dealing with work peaks and pressures.

The role requires a good level of attention to detail but has very strong support around it where the team member can seek assistance.

The role will also involve tasks that are repetitive and follow routines.
While the role requires good knowledge of working with data and analytics, regular training will be provided to become familiar with our processes and systems.

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