How long have you been with the department? Since 19 July 2010.
What division do you work in and what kind of work do you do?
I am the afternoon receptionist, as part of the Corporate and Business Support division at central office. I spend most of the time managing the telephone system, randomly sending callers to random important people. We try to keep the randomness to a minimum. However, there was one week when the program went crazy and really did send calls to random people despite our best efforts. We keep the telephone directories up-to-date so that YOU don’t end up calling random people, sort out the incoming mail, couriers, deliveries, visitors etc … always nice to receive stuff. There’s a lot more we do so feel free to swing around and ask if you need anything, I just might be able to help; you know where to find me!
What inspired you to take up your kind of work?
I just graduated with a double degree in Psychology and Creative Arts in March and I figured, it’d be a good idea to start at the bottom, learn the ropes and then see where it takes me.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your career?
Well, that’s a little difficult to answer ‘cause mail doesn’t call back to say they got sent to the right place. And once I’ve transferred callers, not hearing back from them is a good sign that they got what they wanted. But I can say that there are a lot of great things about working here; best of all are the friendly faces that walk by and say hi or stop for chocolate (OH!…and the views out the window…omg! AWESOME!).
What is the best advice you’ve received during your time at the department?
Take it one step at a time. Sometimes things may be overwhelming, but take it one thing at a time and you’ll get it done.
Who do you barrack for in AFL Football?
I’m from Singapore and while I’ve been here for five years, I’ve failed to grasp the concept behind this sport; mostly because the uniforms tend to be rather distracting…who wears shorts that tight anymore? My boyfriend roots for the Knights, does that count?
What is your favourite food?
My top six, in no particular order, is: pasta, mangoes, macadamias, Gummi bears (or Snakes), M&Ms (peanut or crunchy) and Pop Tarts. Can you feel the sugar rush?
Do you have a pet and if so what is it?
I have a cat. She’s a smoochy ginger DSH and thinks she’s a dog. She’s incredibly talkative, can’t be left alone or she’ll whine herself hoarse and will lie on your feet until you pat her. I just need to teach her how to fetch.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
The Count of Monte Cristo – the newer one with Richard Harris in it. Such a well-plotted story.
If you won lotto tomorrow what would you do?
A quater to savings, 10 per cent to charities, the rest to buy my own house. If there is any leftover after that, shopping (Christmas will definitely be special for everyone).
What’s your favourite non-work activity?
Umm…I play board games (like DnD and such…not the casual stuff like Risk/Monopoly) and computer games (role-playing or real time strategy). Yes, I’m a gamer…*hides*.
List up to 10 things we don’t know about you:
1. I am writing my first novel; it’s a fantasy story that I started writing a few years ago and I hope to get it published within the next six years;
2. I went to film school before doing psychology and loved it, even got posted to a film documentary company in Los Angeles for two months as part of my school practical. That’s why I’m still writing;
3. I don’t like capsicums at all, but for some reason I don’t mind those roasted capsicum dips. Very odd, indeed;
4. My heritage is very mixed. My father is British-Chinese while my mum is Indian. My sister and I look nothing alike and it’s always been entertaining trying to convince people that we are sisters. She looks like Mum while I look like Dad;
5. I can barely swim and I’m very susceptible to motion sickness…which is funny considering I’m dating a guy in the Navy;
6. Being a gamer, I’ve recently joined an online gaming clan (Australasian Expeditionary Forces or AEF for short);
7. I have a really bad memory. I’m like Dory, honestly. Hmm, wait…what was I saying again?
8. I really wish I could think of 10 things right now and am glad that the question actually says “up to 10”; and
9. I’ve become a fan of Japanese anime in the last year or so. I’ve been able to pick up quite a bit of Japanese solely from watching them in Japanese. Exposure is key. Korekaramo ganbatte kudasai. Ja mata, ne! (Keep up the good work. I’ll see you around!).