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What is your advice to girls and women about working in non-traditional roles/ industries?
Be confident in yourself, love what you do and be passionate about it. It takes a lot of grit to stay in industries that are labour intensive, mentally intensive etc. You need to have a passion for it. That goes for any industry. If you aren’t passionate, it’s just another job. You spend most of your life working so you enjoy what you do.
What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?
It is very diverse; aviation can be integrated into many other industries.
What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
I love that I get to take people flying and show them what flying is all about. I do aerobatic experiences which is certainly a different way to fly. The joy of the passengers is certainly a highlight. I also get to help Wings 4 Kids, a charity we sponsor. I fly many families from regional areas of NSW to Sydney so their children can get to their specialist appointments without having to drive extreme distances and making the whole experience a lot easier for them in an already difficult situation.
What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?
Setting achievable goals, mapping out the direction and actions you need to take to achieve each goal. Always invest in yourself to allow for the opportunities.
How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?
I went to my local aero club and enrolled to start training. I used my network around me to help keep me on track. It’s important to have a supportive team around you.
What or who has influenced your career pathway?
My father and my extended family are all pilots, they were my idols. Growing up around aircraft was something that certainly influenced me.
In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?
I enjoyed Sport and Art the most as that was where I could express myself the most. I also enjoyed science.
And lastly, we’d love it if you could share how you are making your own mark?
I have made my own mark throughout all my careers so far by leading the way in diesel fitting, I was the first woman at my company and paved the way for other women to join. I also paved the way with pole fitness, giving men and women a safe space to exercise and learn to be confident in their own bodies I am paving the way with being a pilot in a world championship winning team, flying aerobatic displays around Australia and hopefully the world, opening the doors for other women who dream of similar pathways.
Imagine, Believe, Achieve is my motto. This was all achieved with many people saying I couldn’t do it, I’ll never be good enough or women don’t belong here. I’ve done it and proved I was more than good enough.