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Where the job opportunities are as endless as the summer

Angela Millar packed up and moved to the NT. She's so glad she did.
Angela Millar packed up and moved to the NT. She's so glad she did. Georja Ryan

SURFING documentary king Bruce Brown invented it in 1966 and The Jezabels sang about it in 2011, but Angela Millar is proof the 'endless summer' is not just for cinema screens and speakers.

The young, vibrant girl from Brisbane has dubbed her new home of the Northern Territory exactly that.

"There's no better way to explain life out here than like living an endless summer," she said.

"Before moving, I naively thought the Territory was going to be a whole lot of red dirt.

"I was so wrong."

Ms Millar made a spur of the moment decision to pack up her life and head to the NT, seeking adventure and something to quench her thirst for exploration.

Fourteen months later, she's still as in love with it as the day she arrived.

"I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived and realised how much of Darwin is surrounded by these gorgeous scenic ocean views," she said.

"I love the water and places like Mindil Beach and East Point helped me feel at home when everything else felt brand new.

"I was definitely nervous about the move. I had to overcome fears around whether or not I would be able to find work or if it would be good for my career, and how I would handle being away from my family and friends.

"I needn't have worried though! From day one everyone has been so welcoming and kind."

She began a career with the Northern Territory Government and in the short amount of time she has been there, she's gained a lifetime of knowledge and experience.

"I have had the opportunity to work with great mentors who encourage my professional development, provide me with opportunity to grow and improve frequently and offer me support wherever I need it," Ms Millar said.

"Being up here has meant I could really advance and focus on my career and that has led me to where I am today.

"I'm currently wearing a few hats; Executive Assistant for DefenceNT, Acting Business Manager for Northern Australia Development and Trade and the Acting Executive Assistant to the General Manager for Northern Australia Development and Trade."

While it's hard to fit all that on a business card, Ms Millar said she thrived on the fast-paced environment and a culture unlike anything she had ever experienced in the workforce down south.

"The people and the way of life in the Territory has been extremely refreshing; it's like the everyday stress and pressures disappear and the people are appreciated, celebrated even!" she said.

"You're encouraged to enjoy yourself. To spend time outdoors having fun and socialising, and not taking life too seriously.

"I have had the best time being free and making the most of this beautiful place with friends."

Speaking of beautiful places, she was quick to mention a few of her favourite spots to visit.

"The waterfalls, swimming holes and walking tracks of places like Litchfield National Park are stunning and I think I've gone to see the Jumping Crocs in Adelaide River about six times! I never get sick of going."

Ms Millar is just one of many who have made the trek up to the NT to find the opportunities as endless as the summer.

Hundreds of positions are currently available with the NT Government, including 120 nursing roles as it looks to open the new $170million Palmerston Regional Hospital mid this year.

Check out the job opportunities HERE

Topics:  bi-palmerston-regional-hospital northern territory government