TasNetworks is responsible for the distribution and delivery of Tasmania’s electricity. I work within People and Performance as a graduate. People and Performance is responsible all HR related matters within the business. I work with different specialists in a variety of areas including: administration, payroll, culture, leadership, change and performance management, but the main project I am working on is recruiting and selecting graduates for 2018. This involves organising and attending meetings, as well preparing for job fairs and resourcing days. It involves a lot of communication and teamwork, but it’s certainly interesting and worthwhile!
I was born the middle child into an awesome family and lived in Western Sydney until I was 18. I finished year 12 and joined the army, where I was stationed in sunny Townsville for 4 years. I really enjoyed working with some interesting and dedicated people, and earned a Diploma in Remedial Massage. I then decided it was time to try university and moved to Tasmania. I worked as a crowd controller and a rock climbing instructor whilst I studied for 3 years. I applied for the graduate position at TasNetworks after completing a summer internship program in People and Performance. I have been happily with TasNetworks since early February 2017.
I believe someone outside human resources major could do my job if they had strong communication skills, a willingness to learn quickly and the ability to adapt to a variety of working styles and personalities. Whilst others may be able to do the role without the same level of study, I believe that the extra qualification made me highly competitive in the job market. Having a business degree and a good understanding about HR theory also made the transition from study to work a lot easier.
I really enjoy working with all the different areas of the business. I have the opportunity to interact with a variety of people including engineers, field operators, strategy analysts and even the CEO!
Some people may find the role quite challenging if they don’t like to spend a lot of time sitting down in meetings or at computers. But this can be managed well if you have an great well-being program like TasNetworks does! Walking meetings and stand-up desks are the way of the future.