Dive into the management of one of our greatest resources!

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) Graduate Development Program prepares graduates for a future leadership career with AFMA by exposing you to a wide range of activities and a focused training program .

The program lasts 12 months and consists of three diverse work rotations to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career with the agency and the Australian Public Service, including the opportunity to undertake a rotation within of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Upon completion of the program, graduates can access continuing education, development, and career opportunities.

Today marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year’s theme is “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Water Unites Us” and we thought it was the perfect time to meet one of the graduates Phebe Rowland.

What prompted you to apply for the program?

I studied a BSc (Honours) majoring in Marine Biology at the University of Queensland. Some of my favorite speakers have worked in fisheries and have always championed fisheries management as a great career avenue for marine science graduates. I applied for the AFMA graduate program because it seemed like a good start to my fishing career and because it seemed like a unique opportunity to diversify my experience and apply the skills that I have developed throughout my studies in an innovative and creative way.

Could you please tell us a bit about your background? What happened to inspire you to study in the marine field?

I grew up in Wollongong which is a great coastal town on the south coast. My father loved the ocean, and his passion was contagious! He encouraged me to try all water activities, from snorkeling to surfing to spearfishing. I loved exploring the reef and the rocky coast adjacent to Port Kembla beach. When choosing a university degree, I discovered that my fascination stemmed from an appreciation of the mysterious beauty of ocean ecosystems and a passion for ocean conservation.

What are your career goals after the end of your graduate year?

I intend to continue with AFMA at the end of my graduate year (provided they have me) in either a content development or communications capacity. I have worked in a variety of teaching and presenting roles, which I hope will lay the foundation for a career with strong creative input and involving stakeholder engagement. That being said, I expect to learn a lot this year and the best thing I can do is stay open to the possibilities that will arise as I continue to grow professionally and personally.

Any advice for those considering the graduate program?

Don’t regret something you didn’t do.

If you’re considering applying for a graduate development program, it’s because you’ve closed a chapter in your life and are looking for the next big opportunity. I’m going to take a risk and say that most people don’t know what this opportunity will look like. Instead of waiting for an epiphany, actively look for opportunities to improve. If you don’t see this program as a career change, then this is a unique chance to develop new skills and expand your abilities. Do it.

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