14 years has just ticked over for me here at HC, so it’s great timing to be writing this piece.
Working life for me started straight out of high school, working in a very small office for Southern Game Meat, an abattoir that processed wild pig and kangaroo for the export market. I was a fresh faced 17-year old girl who loved abseiling, rode her push bike to work, knew nothing about office work or where wild pigs came from, or what this company did with them once they were sliced and diced.
My role was to run the office and do the payroll, but I spent more time out in the chillers and in the receiving dock, weighing in truck after truck of massive wild boars.
My next move was to the waste industry and into a sales role. Again, limited experience but I was happy to learn new things, but, again, I found myself more often than not escaping the office duties. This time to go out on garbage runs and organise recycling routes for the Telecom / Telstra Book Muncher campaign.
It seemed I had found my niche in industries that offered more than just a product, but a service.
The next twelve years saw me raising a family, juggling party planning jobs, night packing, which I must say was a hilarious three years of adults digging in to get a job done in a tight time frame and laughing all the time. Customers who wanted their groceries at the crack of dawn waited for no one!
Not long after I sent my last baby off to school, I returned to the workforce and joined Hardman Communications a few days a week. My role was simple, but it got me back into the swing of office life and reminded me how much I love a process.
This modest admin role paved the way for me to work on awesome projects and to full time work.
Working in an agency across industries that I loved and understood was a great fit for me. I studied media and comms on the side and soon realised how suited I was to comms and marketing work. Soon enough, I moved up into an Operations Manager position, where I also got the opportunity to dip my toe into the creative services. Loved that too.
Our work here at HC is so varied and the services we offer are always expanding, so comms quickly became a passion for me.
Today, I am also Creative Services Director. I collaborate with the team on many of the creative briefs that come through the agency, including photography, design, advertising, video and copy.
I love a job where I can be hands on.
I started my working life with my sleeves rolled up, wanting to be on the front line where the action was. I may not be pulling pigs off trucks or sorting through recycling and security waste. Nor am I sliding stock down the quiet aisles of a Woolworths store, but I am involved in projects that challenge me to think outside the box, find the best solutions for my clients and work alongside some pretty great, fun and creative people.