My Melbourne with Gregor Macaulay

August 12 / 93

What is your unit?

I am based on Dookie Campus, a part of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment.

What is your job title?

Activities Service Officer.

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Just over six years.

How did you come to work at the University?

I had just graduated from Dookie Campus. I was offered three days per week as a casual providing IT support at Dookie. I had some experience in IT and had completed a business degree. After four months, the job became full time and the role has continued to change ever since.

Describe your typical day.

I walk to work since I live on campus. Dookie is a small community, so I have found myself doing all sorts of things: providing IT support, preparing facility upgrade proposals, promoting the study of agriculture at careers fairs, harvesting olives and grapes, marking lambs and leading farm tours. I organise maintenance for the student accommodation and staff residences, so there is usually something to attend to in those areas, which means I end up all over the campus.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

My job has continually evolved in the time I've been here and the dynamic of the campus is continually changing. There is always a new challenge and I enjoy the range of people I work with - staff, students, visiting groups and contractors. I've found myself dipping my toes into a range of industries, which I think makes a very unique combination: education, agriculture, hospitality, IT and property management.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

The best piece of advice I've received at work is that there is always another way.What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know? I have several musical instruments in my house, but I'm terrible at playing all of them.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?
I don't drink coffee, but I do drink a lot of water.

What do you like most about the University?
It is a place where I have been allowed to learn on the go, receive a lot of freedom and support while taking on new challenges.

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