Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Cathi Payne
What is your job title?
Director / Administration Manager
Which company/organisation do you work for?
I am responsible for most of the administrative tasks (Systems, Payroll, Accounts, HR & IR, WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation) and help as needed with operational tasks.
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
I have taken a number of short courses over the years to improve my knowledge and skills, particularly in the Accounts and Payroll / HR areas. I also enjoy MOOCs and have just completed “Learning How to Learn” (recommended).
What studies have you undertaken?
Diploma Business Management, MC License, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Certificate IV Employment Services
Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry.
I gained my MC (or C Class as it was then in WA) as part of a 6 week course teaching a number of connected skills within the road transport industry in 1993. I followed that up with training in earthmoving equipment after the birth of my son, however it was through a trainer in that course that I was able to find a casual office role at a transport company. I signed up with Skilled Engineering, and gained a placement at the Shell terminal in North Fremantle in Production and Warehousing, moving to permanent employment with Shell soon after.
Initially I was involved in the high-bay warehouse, however also worked in despatch, oil and grease filling, a number of higher-level office roles as relief, and my favourite – learnt to blend (produce) grease. It was while at Shell that I met my husband, and eventually transitioned to managing our own business as it grew beyond a size I could administer at night!
Which other industries have you worked in?
Various roles in retail (charity sales, Woolies, delicatessen) and hospitality – in Norseman!
What is the best career advice you have received?
For me personally, and I’m still working on this one – “Done is better than perfect”. For all women, particularly in non-traditional industries, trust in your ability to be competent while you continue to learn on the job.
Best advice to give?
Gift yourself with enough good quality sleep – and if you aren’t getting it ask for help to find out why, so you can.
It’s a bad day when:
I forget to check my calendar the night before.
It’s a good day when:
I’ve slept well, and can deal with all the changes to my plans that the day throws at me.
What direction do you see yourself heading in the future?
I hope to continue learning and growing my skills, so that I can continue to support our business, road transport and the T&L industries.
Who are your role models?
Everyone who persists in the face of negativity or oppression and particularly those who support the growth and development of others who have had less opportunity to improve themselves.
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, what do you do?
Excluding family activities – crochet, another MOOC, listen to live music, read my Feedly or a book.
Sunrise or sunset?
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