Candidate Story

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.”

Michael

I highly appreciate the opportunity I have received through Specialisterne, and I am confident that programs like this would be of massive benefit to not only those on the autistic spectrum, but potentially for the future of job interviews and training as a whole.

Michael applied for over 810 roles

After completing a double Bachelor’s degree it took three years before Michael was given an opportunity to secure his first paid job. Since leaving this role it took another 9 months before Michael became employed as a Tactical Intelligence Analyst with Services Australia, through Specialisterne’s Federal Talent Hub Program. Michael estimates that since completing his degree he has applied for over 810 roles.

Using my skills

I was alerted to the Brisbane Federal Talent Hub by my jobseeker advocate at Tursa on the final day of admissions, and after reading through the details of the program, I realised it was exactly the sort of program that might help me find the sort of work I have been looking for for years, which was a role in the public sector that would best use my analytical abilities and experiences volunteering with organisations such as the Queensland Museum.

Successful program despite COVID

With the program itself, it was a shame having to cut short the first week due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, but the response was definitely well measured. While it did take some time to get the concentration to properly work on the assessment at home, ultimately it proved surprisingly successful, particularly with the group work in the second major piece of work and having to find our own means of collaborating together in lieu of person-to-person contact.

My new job

I have been offered employment with Services Australia in a Tactical Intelligence Analyst role and I am looking forward to the stability of having a full time job, and the secure pay to go with it, as well a supportive working environment with colleagues I can get along with as well.

It has been a very positive experience with Specialisterne, and I hope that you can continue to help many more like me, particularly in this time of pandemic we have found ourselves in.

Check out some of our other candidate stories below

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Check out some of our current opportunities below 

APS5 Associate Developer: Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for a Developer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

You will be an integral part of the team specialising in the delivery of innovative technology for connecting, identifying and authenticating Services Australia customers. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, working with analysts and testers.

We offer our employees full in-house training with a wide variety of work, which is both challenging and fulfilling.

APS4 Associate Technical Engineer (x3 roles): Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for Technical Engineers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Associate Technical Engineer supports the delivery of technical landscape design, installation, configuration, deployment, technical security and operation of ICT components and databases.

The Infrastructure Platforms Branch is responsible for the agency’s IT services. This includes managing the technology, tools and software needed to deliver these services to our customers.

The team’s focus is on service stability; swiftly resolving service failures, providing advanced monitoring solutions, and performing routine operational maintenance. The branch is huge, with 350 staff and plenty of places for you to learn and try new things.

Come along and join us!

APS5 Cyber Security Analyst: Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for a Cyber Security Analyst from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Cyber Operations Branch monitors, analyses, remediates and refers suspicious or malicious cyber events impacting Services Australia, other government agencies/departments as part of shared services arrangements and the broader cyber security community nationally and internationally.

The team work to contain, eradicate and recover from Cyber events affecting the agency.

Expense & Continuous Improvement Lead: Hawthorn East, Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Coles Express in their search for a talented Expense and Continuous Improvement Lead from within our community of autistic candidates.
Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. With over 700 stores across Australia and over 5,500 team members.
The Expense and Continuous Improvement Lead is accountable for delivery of budgeted costs of store expenses and developing change strategies to support sites to improve store operations.

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 1 – 2022 (x10 roles): Canberra, ACT

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.

APS3/4 Associate Test Engineer (x3 roles): Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for Test Engineers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

Test Management defines overall testing strategies and manages effective planning, monitoring and execution of all testing activities.

The Associate Test Engineer ensures their test effort is effectively executed and that allocated activities are completed in accordance with agreed test guidelines.

Technical Analyst: Hawthorn East, Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Coles Express in their search for a talented Technical Analyst from within our community of autistic candidates.
Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. With over 700 stores across Australia and over 5,500 team members.
As a Technical Analyst, you will investigate problems and analyse options for new and existing platform services, provide recommendations to solutions and produce artefacts such as context diagrams, business flows, requirements definitions, user stories etc.

APS4/5/6 Associate Solutions Designer (x2 roles): Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for Solutions Designers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

We kindle the spark of the possible and evolve it into a capability by guiding our people to challenge the status quo and keep customers front and centre. From an idea or challenge to designing and delivering a solution, we bring people together to provide high value services for our customers in line with the objectives of the master plan and the Technology Strategy.

We provide specialist advice, facilitate futuristic thinking, develop and incubate prototypes for new ideas.

Autism Advantage Program 2 – Brisbane and Canberra: March 2022

Over the next six months we have over 100 roles available with our employer partners in the areas of IT, administration, and government, and we are looking for autistic individuals with any of the following skills, interests and talents: Programming / scripting...

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