True Stories: Nada Gebara – Hard work pays off

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I’m what my director calls a Corporate Refugee – someone who escaped the corporate world and found a haven in the care sector. For 20 years I worked in investment banking and finance. Working in that environment for so long, I had no idea that there was such a large care sector out there, because I wasn’t exposed to it in the corporate world – even though I was born with a physical disability myself, whereby I have to wear custom made boots in order to walk.

After caring for my father, who was bedridden with dementia, I decided I wanted to get away from the corporate world and working away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney find a local job. I was fortunate enough to get a contract as an Administration Support Officer with UnitingCare.

I was overwhelmed at first because I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into. But before long I realised what an amazing place the sector is. I discovered that unlike the corporate environment, the care industry is all about giving, empathy, hardwork, compassion and smiles.

The skills I learnt in the private sector is helpful in the care sector. When my first contract at UnitingCare finished, it was renewed and then I secured a permanent position, working my way up from Administration Support to Administration Team Leader, and now my current role as Regional Support Officer to the Operations Manager.

My role is incredibly involved, from organising projects, events, forums, meetings, training to general office duties, as well as being part of the Person-Centred Approach team. There isn’t a set routine in my job as every day there is a different story, challenge, crisis or success, so it means I have to be flexible, calm, organised, time-manage effectively and be able to juggle things.

I love what I do and where I am today. I worked hard to get here. The best part of my role is being able to share my experience and skills with others. I also love the sense of achievement I feel when I complete a project – and there is always many of them to be working on!

Nada Gebara
Regional Support Officer to Operations Manager, CSS5

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