Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Billy Gannon

Billy Gannon

Provisional Psychologist, Oxley Service Centre

2013 Graduate Program Participant

What are your qualifications?

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith Uni
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from QUT.

What does your role entail?

My role ranges from delivering therapy and counselling to administering and evaluating psychological assessments and writing reports. My work keeps me very busy and attuned to current psychological practice with clinically-complex cases.

Why did you choose to work for the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services?

I was attracted to the job security, flexible working conditions and opportunity to register as a provisional psychologist in a job that meets the requirement. However, I soon realised there were also opportunities to work with incredibly supportive team members and supervisors as I navigate through my registration.

What do you like best about your job?

Making a difference in people’s lives and working in multidisciplinary teams. Additionally, I have flexible work options that you wouldn’t find in some other organisations and access to extensive training and professional development workshops. I also have an amazing wealth of expertise at my fingertips in the knowledge and experience of my colleagues.

Anything you didn’t expect?

I didn’t expect to have access to such amazing training and professional development. All the training I have attended has significantly impacted my practice. Had I listened to what others said at university about working for the Queensland Government, I would not have had these opportunities.

What is your advice for a new graduate?

Be a sponge — we have heard it all before but it really does apply when you are starting out. Listen and observe and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What is your advice for graduates applying for jobs?

Spend time writing your resume and cover letter to suit the criteria of the application, and don’t undersell yourself!

To find out more about the great opportunities potentially available to new graduates, visit the Queensland Government Graduate Portal.