My Melbourne with Verity Fisher

November 10 / 48

What is your unit?

OHS and Injury Management

What is your job title?

Occupational Health Administrative Assistant

ow long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Four and a half years

How did you come to work at the University?

 A friend recommended me for an administration job at the University when I returned to Melbourne after five years overseas.

Describe your typical day

My typical day begins with checking emails and finishes with a 'to do' plan for the next day. The hours in between may find me anywhere from at desk completing administration work to out of the office on back-to-back site visits.

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

I organised the University Staff Influenza Vaccination Program for the last three years and relished this challenge. Also, I get to work with incredibly supportive and passionate people who believe in the importance of health and safety in the workplace and who make coming to work a joy. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Believe in yourself, and always have a contingency plan.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't

I enjoy travelling to foreign countries with next to no plan. I find a city map at the airport and figure out transfers, accommodation and everything else on the fly. I love the freedom and the challenge that no plan offers, and the stories that always follow. 

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

 My favourite coffee is just off campus. I love the coffee at Roy’s Café on the corner of Cardigan and Grattan Streets – best coffee and the wonderful couple who run it always brighten my day.

What do you like most about the University?

The number of trees on campus and the multitude of different paths you can take to get from A to B, and the view from my office window of the 1888 building is hard to beat.

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