Home' Careers Magazine : March 2011 Educate Yourself Contents Wednesday, March 23, 2011 NEWCASTLE HERALD 5
Development and training are crucial to
organisational success at Singleton Council.
EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR A BRIGHTER CAREER
professional and personal development
of its employees is one of the many ways
Singleton Council invests in its staff to
contribute to a progressive and
The director of organisation
performance Shari Tanzer said
Singleton Council recognised career
development was an important
consideration for many people.
She has established a performance
management system that develops,
reviews and implements personal
"Personal development means
different things to different people,
depending on their existing experience
as well as professional and personal
aspirations," Ms Tanzer said.
"As much as possible we try to tailor
personal training plans to meet these
"For some people this may mean in-
house training or perusing external
tertiary education, for others its having
our support and flexible work
arrangements while they participate in
volunteer programs such as the SES or
Third-year trainee town planner
Amanda Power is testament to the
program, working at Singleton Council
while she completes her degree in town
Ms Power received support from
Singleton Council through benefits
including flexible work arrangements,
which allow her to take study days
weekly and attend residential school as
her course requires, while gaining
practical and on-the-job experience.
She said the most valuable thing about
the working arrangement was having
access to experienced industry
professionals, providing her with greater
knowledge and understanding to
incorporate into her studies.
"I am able to apply the theory of my
studies as I go, which I wouldn't have
been able to do if I was doing my degree
at university," she said.
Another example of an opportunity for
personal development is participation in
the Springboard Women's Development
Program, which aims to retain and
engage women in the workforce by
motivating them to consider leadership
The council's business support officer
Larissa Bourke said the program was
inspiring and supportive of women who
had to balance family commitments with
"The Springboard program is a good
example of how Singleton Council
supports a family-friendly work
environment," Ms Bourke said.
"At times it is difficult to juggle work
and family but I find the culture at
council allows me to pursue professional
development opportunities while having
a healthy work-life balance.''
Searching for something more?
Consider Singleton Council
Singleton Council ofers great career
opportunites in a progressive, diverse
organisaton which values work-life balance
and delivering value to the community. If this
sounds like the sort of place you would like to
work, go to www.singleton.nsw.gov.au or call
02 6578 7290.
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