Youth employment series: Meet Amina Farah

At the Department, we pride ourselves on an inclusive and diverse workforce. Workplace diversity means everyone benefits from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. This leads to a real boost in ideas, skills, and creativity in the workplace.

Part of our workplace diversity involves supporting the career growth of younger Australians. 

Q&A with Amina Farah, trainee

Amina Farah started the 18-month public sector school-based traineeship with the Department in February 2021, supported by her team in Human Resources. 


Pictured left to right: Supervisor, Riz Punzalan and school-based trainee, Amina Farah

What motivated you to do a government traineeship?
I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I also wanted to gain new skills and knowledge.

What are some key things you’ve learnt at the Department?
Some skills I have gained working at in the Department are communication, social and teamwork skills. I have also attended professional development courses, including mental health training, Content Manager training, time management training and the Aboriginal and Cultural Awareness training.

What are your favourite school subjects?
My favourite subjects at school are Human Biology, Certificate II in Business and English. I like Human Biology because it is interesting learning about the body; and English has always been my favourite. I have learnt new things in the Certificate II in Business, such as how to use OneNote and OneDrive.

What are your goals for next year?
My goals for next year is to be competent in this traineeship, to pass all my subjects and to graduate high school. I also want to get my driver’s licence next year when I turn 17.

What advice would you give to future trainees?
To take all the advice and feedback you get from your colleagues. To learn as much as you can every day and to keep a diary. Don’t be shy to ask questions.

Do you have a role model? Who is it and why?
My role models are my parents, teachers and my colleagues. They all inspire me to be the best I can and to be successful in life.

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