Left-leaning, environmentally conscious, cultured and ambitious, Successful Bureaucrats are trying to forge their own paths in life. They have adopted elements of traditional family life – marriage, children, mortgages and investments – but refuse to be bound by them. Extremely satisfied with the recognition and opportunities of their jobs, they have sought and attained careers with tangible real-world outcomes.
Walk with Me
Ben and I are from Adelaide originally, but after university we both applied for and got graduate positions in public service departments in Melbourne – he with Immigration, I with Environment. At the time, I think we both figured that a few years in a Federal department would just be a good learning experience and look great on a resume, but neither of us really saw ourselves in the service forever.
I stayed at the Department until Luke was born; you can’t beat the Public Service maternity leave! But when he was still a baby I started doing some consulting work for a green energy lobby group and in the end decided not to go back to the Department. It’s rewarding work, with flexible hours, and I love it. Next time you see a wind farm – think of me!
Luke’s now ten and Jane’s just turned two. We do a lot together as a family—hiking, camping, going to the zoo—and have strict rules about how much telly they can watch. Sometimes you have to kick them out of the house to force them to play outside.
The best things in life are free, as they say. Except my iPad, of course.