Former GDP participants – Jessica Bell

Degree and graduate year

2013 Graduate Development Program – Workforce Data Analysis stream.
I completed my Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Curtin University in 2012. I completed my Diploma of Management as part of the Graduate Development Program and I am currently studying a Masters of Psychology part time at Curtin University.

What attracted you to WA Health’s graduate program?

I was drawn to the Graduate Development Program because of its dedication to supporting young graduates and helping them to develop as emerging health leaders. I believed the GDP would be the perfect introduction to the public health system and act as a base from which to develop networks and the beginning of a career in health.

What areas did you work in while in the graduate program?

As a Workforce Graduate, I spent my year in the Workforce Modelling and Data team of the Workforce Directorate. My role primarily involved analysis of data for the Greater Northern Australia Regional Training Network data baseline project. I was also involved in the Generic Allied Health and Assistant Allied Health position retitling projects.

What did you enjoy most about your graduate year?

In addition to developing great friendships with the other graduates, the professional development and networking opportunities that the program offered were also a highlight. The opportunity to visit a community mental health service whilst shadowing WA Health’s Chief Psychiatrist for the day was incredible. It was such a unique experience that I truly value.

What is your current position?

I have remained with the Workforce Modelling and Data team since completing the GDP and am currently in the position of Acting Senior Data Analyst.

What does your current job involve?

I am currently involved in a number of data analysis projects which allow me to have a lot of diversity in the work that I do. My primary project involves analysis of health practitioner registration and workforce survey data. I also assist in the coordination of projects and workloads within the branch and support team members when required. My job has a great mix of data analysis and people skills which fits me perfectly.

What has been your most memorable experience while working in WA Health?

Working at WA Health has pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone and tackle tasks I never would have believed I could do, such as developing a data cleaning and analysis methodology which is now used in different parts of the country.

What advice do you wish someone had given you prior to starting your graduate year?

Look out for different professional development opportunities external to those provided by the program and attend as many as you can. There are an endless number of events and presentations that are free for WA Health employees and each is a unique learning experience.

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