Experience working within central government is highly sought after and therefore incredibly valuable to your career.
When you work in the commercial and financial areas of the Treasury not only will you build your core financial skills, you will get opportunities to understand the inner-workings of central government, the challenges involved in writing public policy and how decision-making happens.
For me the appeal of working at the Treasury was about finding a sense of purpose in doing work that mattered, not only to myself and my immediate family, but to my community and New Zealand as a whole. The Treasury Graduate Programme provides you with a wide range of training and support, you will get exposure to working with Ministers and other departments at an early stage, and you will get to work with some incredibly talented people.
There is a heap of opportunity at the Treasury. Working as an analyst in the commercial and financial teams will give you the unique ability to develop your core financial and technical skills, while also developing your understanding of public policy formulation and process.
A typical day can include briefing ministers on the performance and strategic direction of government-owned companies, meeting with a company’s senior executive team to discuss company policy (such as dividends and corporate governance), and researching/briefing on industry news.
Analysts are encouraged to develop expertise in their field and there are always opportunities for ongoing learning and development. I have been through both the Intern and Graduate Programme; seconded to a Minister’s office and to the Australian Treasury, as part of the Treasury’s yearly secondment program. If you work hard and put yourself forward, you will have some amazing experiences.
Jennifer represents The Capital and Commercial Stream.