True Stories: Matthew Martin – I still wake up and skip out of bed every morning!

Matthew MartinWhen I was in my third year of a Bachelor of Arts I was doing a research subject which led me to complete a project on job satisfaction with staff at a disability services organisation. It sparked an interest in me and I ended up getting a frontline position at the House With No Steps.

That was in 1993 and since then I’ve remained in the sector, working predominantly in the Wollongong area. In 1997 I started working at The Disability Trust where I still am today. Initially I was an Employment Consultant with Workskills Illawarra and then I worked at Illawarra Vocational Services – just some of the services the organisation provides in the area.

Today, I am the Executive Manager – Organisational Development, and as part of my role I oversee business development, vocational services, office management and information technology. My role is to help staff to be able to do their job.

I’ve been in the sector for many years but as my career path takes a positive turn every few years my interest is still strong. There is so much change and development within the sector, and within my own organisation, that I have been fortunate to have had various promotions and opportunities.

The Disability Trust started in a fibro house initially and offered just a few services. Today, it has come of age and is as professional and innovative as many corporates. As I’ve worked my way up the ranks over 13 years I have been able to personally and professionally develop with the organisation.

A lot of my friends are in various roles that they are not entirely happy with, and at this stage they want to change their careers. There are also a lot of people in the corporate sector coming across to the not-for-profit sector which I understand. I work with really great people, have a good work/life balance and the opportunity to develop myself.

I don’t want to change my career path as I am just as happy to be working in the sector today as I was when I started – and I still wake up and skip out of bed every morning!

Matthew Martin

Executive Manager – Organisational Development

The Disability Trust


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