“As a born artist or a maker, you will become a bitter person if you don’t become who you are.”
I co-direct the Melbourne School of Guitar Making, and have my own practice building electric and bass guitars.
Although I built my first guitar in high school, my original profession was as a jeweller.
I always knew that I wanted to do something to do with the arts and crafts, so when I saw the Gold & Silversmithing course at RMIT in a year 12 university guide, it seemed like the right fit. Continue reading
“The most successful people in recruitment are sales people who are hungry for success.”
I am the Director of Gough Recruitment, specializing in Property and Real Estate Recruitment.
I loved school and did well, but wasn’t always 100% sure what I wanted to do. I went to university, but wasn’t really passionate about it, so at that point in my life I went and found a job.
Back in those days, you looked for jobs in the newspaper. I saw an ad for Real Estate Receptionist in The Age, and for the next five years I worked my way up through the Real Estate industry. Continue reading
All photos courtesy of Adele Leah
“I believe having the right career is part of your overall well being.”
I work as a recruitment consultant for the creative industry, managing the Melbourne office of a company called Become.
I grew up in Manchester, UK. I was always into arts in school, but my teachers and family didn’t really understand it, so it was difficult to see a career path early on. My dad, who was an accountant, seeing that I wasn’t academic, suggested I should learn how to type. ‘If you can type fast, you can always be a secretary’, he told me. Continue reading
“When you spend your life looking for relationships, you value and cherish the good ones”
I am the director of Prime Careers, a recruitment company specializing in real estate recruitment.
I struggled with health issues towards the end of high school, and missed a lot of class time – to the point where it felt like I was so far behind, I’d never catch up. So I dropped out in the middle of year 11, something I’ve since regretted.
I tried doing a carpentry pre-apprenticeship, but it didn’t work for me due to a bad back I had as a result of playing state cricket when I was younger.
So I started working at a gym doing membership sales which to date is the hardest job I’ve ever had. It’s such a shallow and cut throat industry, they don’t care if people stay on and use the gym, if they lose weight – as long as they keep paying. It didn’t sit well with me as I felt like I was almost tricking people into wasting money. Continue reading
“Recruitment is a rollercoaster job – what we call Champagne and Razorblades”
I own a recruitment company Watson Collard with my business partner Craig Watson, specializing in recruiting for other recruitment agencies: Rec-to-Rec.
I think if you ask most recruiters how they got into it, the common answer is ‘I fell into it’. That’s been the case with me, too.
I did a science degree in uni, but never pursued it. Then I spent a year backpacking in Australia, falling in love with the country. Coming back to UK, I figured I’d better get a real job, so I went to a recruitment agency with no idea what I wanted.
They suggested I try recruiting, and that’s how I got started! Continue reading
“You have to begin with an end in mind.”
I run my company Good People HR specializing in recruitment and executive search.
From an early age, I had the drive to work and achieve. Possibly this stemmed from the fact that my parents arrived here from the Philippines when I was five and had to work hard to give me and my siblings a better life.
So I always saw our lives in Australia as an opportunity to work that could not be wasted. In school, I would make friendship bracelets and then sell them for a dollar a piece. The second I turned 14, I went out and got a job in a fruit shop. Continue reading
“The accounting course is our date night: I’m always looking forward to Wednesdays!”
I am a property investor, a dental clinic manager, a student and a mother.
Even while I was studying for my a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Commerce at the university in Auckland, I knew that I didn’t want to sit in an office 9-to-5. I thought there had to be something more than that. It got me thinking about financial freedom and wealth.
I also had other reasons to think about financial independence. I lost my dad to cancer when I was 18. After his loss, I went through depression – it was my lowest point, and my family’s.
When he passed away, the stability of my family was lost. He was a successful businessman, and everyone depended on him. With him gone, I watched my mother and siblings really struggle to get through life and its challenges. Continue reading
Photography by Val Bubner
“A hard earned thing is deeper appreciated.”
I am a ceramic and mixed media artist, specializing in custom design and community projects. My small business trades as Tatty K.
I didn’t really know who I was or what I wanted to do at school, so I quit school after year 11 and worked in retail and hospitality (because I knew how to work hard and be polite to customers – and therefore earn a wage).
I also moved out at 17, because my parents lived in the rural area of Darwin & I couldn’t wait to live in the city. At 19, I moved to Brisbane with a few friends & continued to work as a waitress, barperson, maitre’d, short order cook, book keeper – “whatever was needed”. Continue reading
“If I think something’s great and I believe in it, I can’t leave it. I’ve got to do it.”
I am a Real Estate agent and auctioneer. I am also the director of Compton Green Real Estate.
I went to Parade College in Bundoora, squeezed through year 11 and had no real aspirations to do year 12. I was offered a cadetship to be a Training Manager at Safeway where I had already worked before. So I decided to do that; at 18 it was a big role for me.
Even from that early age, I was driven, I wanted to be a young buck – in something, though I didn’t have a clear idea what. Funny thing is, I remember looking at some course brochures: one for a real estate course, and one for electrical and lighting design. Both appealed. But then my father offered me an opportunity to go into business with him, and I put that decision on hold for a while. Continue reading
“I believe there’s a real synergy of your mind, your body and your spirit. When you’re working on your body, you’re training your mind and your spirit.”
I run two Step Into Life fitness franchises in Bayside.
Growing up, I moved around a lot, eventually finishing school in Victoria. Yet all through school I had a part-time job at McDonald’s – kind of ironic, with my current career in health and fitness! But it gave me good grounding and work ethic; I learned a lot about systems and processes.
After school I was offered a place at university, but it was a long way away from home and I wasn’t ready to move out. I decided not to go and continued working at McDonald’s as a manager. I was doing that for over a year.
After a while though, I didn’t feel like it was going anywhere, so when the police force were doing a recruiting drive, I thought I had nothing to lose by applying. Continue reading