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University of Tasmania
Gerard studied Bachelor of Business at University of Tasmania
What's your job about?
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!
What's your background?
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.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
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.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
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!
What are the limitations of your job?
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.
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
- University requires effort more than it does brains,
- 4 subjects per semester, 13 weeks of class, 52 topics in 3 months – count it down every week.
- Relax a bit, the journey is just as important as the destination.