I’m originally from the Philippines and moved to Aotearoa with my family at a young age. Having grown up in Tāmaki Makaurau as an immigrant, I’m fortunate to have experienced the best of both cultures. I am proud of my background as a Filipina, with a strong sense of family and community, and I bring this into my work every day.

Tell us about your graduate placement and your host agency. 

My graduate placement is with the Ministry of Education, as part of Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko – Infrastructure and Digital. The work done in this space contributes to better learning outcomes for tamariki and supporting Kaiako by ensuring all tamariki have access to a valuable physical learning environment. 

Is there a career goal you are working towards?

My educational background is in Environment and Sustainable Development. I am hoping to be part of this conversation at the Ministry, particularly as ākonga are leading the conversation on topics such as climate change.

Why do you think it’s important to have a diverse Public Service?

It is important to have a public service that reflects the diversity of the people we serve. Ethnic communities have plenty to offer Aotearoa, and we continue to contribute to the diversity and sense of community in spaces such as the Public Service.

What advice do you give to graduates considering a career in the Public Service?

For graduates considering a career in the public service, take each opportunity as it comes. The Public Service offers plenty of valuable learning experiences and opportunities for growth, as well as introduces you to some very talented individuals and service-driven role models!

Posted 7 months ago by Cristian Cornejo

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