Can you tell us how you ended up in your current role?
After completing my degree I worked in the health care industry for about two years. I worked a lot with data analysis and managed a number of patients who had sleep disorders, running my own small office.
When I applied for my current role, I didn’t quite have the experience that was needed. I demonstrated how the skills from my previous role would translate with a bit of extra training, and made it clear I would be happy to undertake more study.
How long have you been in your current role?
One and a half years
What does your job involve?
I manage the quality of oil in and out of our refinery. In a nutshell, I capture, analyse and report quality data.
Day to day duties include testing product in the lab and in plant testing of equipment. I liaise daily with labs, managers and customers on testing requirements and on the quality of our oil. In order to sell our product, a strict testing regime takes place. This testing takes time to complete, so I also help with the logistics of transport for export and some domestic sales and prepare documentation for sale.
What role has training and up-skilling played in you getting your current job?
I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. I negotiated with my employer to undertake further training in the chemistry field so I had more knowledge of the chemical processes in our plant and to improve my lab skills. I go to uni part time while working in my current role. I have also completed information sessions on exporting through my employer to learn more about logistics and transporting requirements.
What do you love about your job?
I like that this company is recycling a non-renewable resource. I enjoy that no day is the same. I am gaining wide ranging expertise which will translate to a number of different industries, should I choose to follow a different path. I like that I have plenty the learn and have the option of including more into my role in the coming years. Because we are a relatively new business venture, I like that there is always an interesting project to work on and something new to investigate.
What attributes do you think best suit this type of work?
Being flexible and having high quality people skills will help a lot with a wide ranging role like this. Never shying away from learning something new.
What advice would you give someone looking to work in the industry?
Never get stuck in a structured career path if you aren’t finding the work interesting anymore. I have followed where my interests have wandered, and couldn’t be happier. It is never something I would have dreamed of doing a few years ago, but it is a dynamic and interesting industry that is growing rapidly.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would like to have finished my chemistry studies and be the newly appointed Quality Manager of Transpacific Hydrocarbons.