What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?

Constant learning and the ability to always achieve higher in terms of roles and more specific to my current position, achieving higher production quantities per shift with a little bit of healthy competition from our other line operators.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I’d have to say the most enjoyable aspect of what I do is coming to work with a team that is genuinely content with their career. The people I work with and work for bring a positive energy to the environment which I think is incredibly important when working in production as it relies on having strong teamwork.

What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?

The main thing that has helped me so far working in a non-traditional industry is to continuously ask questions and be attentive when people are sharing their knowledge with you. There is always limitless experience in these industries, so I’ve found the best way to gain knowledge and progress is to learn from those who already have.

How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?

Honestly in terms of a career this pathway was completely out of my comfort zone. Originally, I was headed towards savings funds to pursue a career in art, three months went by, and I had completely changed my aspirations. The subjects you study in school determine the options of potential pathways you are initially presented with. Being in a field of work surrounded by so much experience has really helped me along my career journey as I had very little knowledge prior.

What or who has influenced your career pathway?

I have worked with many people who have acted as mentors, some unintentionally, who have influenced my current career pathway massively. The growth people have achieved is incredibly inspiring. I also have been given the chance to have a personal mentor, she has and is still currently helping with my own growth. Her own success is very empowering. She provides guidance, recognition, advice and overall support to help me find my future career pathway within Visy.

In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?

In school I really enjoyed practical physical education, which I think is where I find a link to the fun aspect when working with a team. I also progressed quite far with visual communication and studio arts which I still do as a hobby occasionally outside of work.

What did you want to be or do when you left school. How does this compare with where you are now?

During school I wanted to be a dancer, however leaving school I was set on tattooing and professional street art. Finding such an interest in this field was a complete change for me, I have learnt that it’s okay to change paths, moving on from school to a career is whole different kind of learning. It can be daunting, yet so exciting to find a new vision.

Are you able to provide information about your qualifications, this helps others seeking information about careers in your industry.

I don’t have any qualifications, I completed high school, but my aspirations were so undefined and finances so limited that I didn’t even consider university. Initially, when I started considering furthering my career into management/leadership, I was concerned about my lack of qualifications, but this was unnecessary concern as I have been supported, respected, and reassured that as long as you have passion in what you do, your options for progression will be practically limitless. This has been further supported by my inclusion in Visy’s WILO (Women in Leadership & Operations) program.

What advice would you give to others (girls/women) about following careers in non-traditional industries?

It is such a progressive time, the number of women thriving in these industries is increasingly growing. My advice for all women looking at following a career in a non-traditional industry is to just go for it. Ask questions, show intention, and don’t let fear hold you back from what you want.

And lastly, we’d love if you could share how, you are making your own mark?

I am making my mark at Visy Shepparton by being the only female line operator. I have been at Visy Shepparton for a year now and I’m very proud of my progress so far.

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Steph

National Decarbonisation & Energy Transition Senior Manager
Energy, Mining and Property