True Stories: Margaret Donnelly – Career development

Margaret-DonnellyCareer Development!  Following university, I worked in PNG for a number of years creating computer graphics for the signage and printing industry. I returned to Australia and worked in Retail Management whilst studying for a Cert IV in Human Resources, Workplace Training & Assessment and a Post Grad in HR Management in the evenings.

I used these new skills in a large retail organisation before deciding to try something new. I applied for a locum HR position with Northcott at Parramatta and spent a wonderful 12 months there. Working in the Not-For-Profit sector was inspiring and exciting. It fulfilled so many of my personal ambitions and the cooperative nature of the industry. After the cut throat world of competitive retail, it was refreshing to be able to share ideas and work collaboratively with other professionals to make life better for disadvantaged groups. Following my son’s birth, we elected to make a ‘tree-change’ and moved back to my home town to access eager grandparents and the sweet smell of nature.

I started with Challenge Disability Services five years ago in HR administration. I am currently working as a Quality Assurance Supervisor with CDS. My job consists of training and productivity testing 125 employees with a disability; ensuring policy, procedure and form control on our internet system; developing training packages; project management; organisational governance and compliance. I work with a great bunch of like-minded people in our head office, supporting our client and vocational services across the State. To see our supported employees out there working to the best of their ability, despite their disabilities, gives me all the inspiration I need to enjoy coming to work the next day. I am glad that I came into this industry – probably take a crowbar to get me out of it now!



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