I may have been cursed with two left feet, but I was blessed with a pretty fabulous obsession. Yes, that’s right, I’ve an obsession I’m quite fond of actually.
It’s been the case since I was a little girl. I’m not even the least bit ashamed to say I’m the kid that cried if she got less than an excellent result during weekly spelling bees, spent hours writing stories during her pre-adolescence that probably deserved Pulitzers in their own right, and dedicated her English classes to poring over dictionaries and learning words she was never going to use.
Words and me were inseparable from the outset. So, with a career path firmly cemented in my mind and heart, I went on to pursue a degree in words – of the media and communications kind.I graduated from Canterbury University in 2007 with a First Class Honors Degree and I ran with that accolade like it was my meal ticket to a dinner rubbing shoulders with modern day Shakespeare’s, George Orwell’s, Rudyard Kipling’s and, you know, other fancy word lovers. God bless my imagination, it does have a mind of its own.
The much less sexier reality of my situation came down to the fact that the global economy had different plans for my chosen field and me. The recession hit. Overnight, the world was a different place - businesses were shutting up shop left, right and centre, and my brothers and sisters in the comms sector were in the ‘firing’ line.
It wasn’t the warm reception I was hoping for, but boy did it get me fighting hard for the career I had always craved. I spent the better part of 2009 and 2010 cutting my teeth in a newsroom before Mother Nature turned our world upside down in Canterbury and an incredible opportunity in earthquake recovery communications came calling and changed my life.
You know, I’ve never really understood why people say don’t let your job define you. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Twelve thousand aftershocks, one world trip, 15 countries and countless tuk-tuk rides later here I am. And here you are. Coincidence? I think not. I’d love to chat - I accept work on a case-by-case basis because I’m often on the move. I couldn’t say for sure where I’ll be one year from now, but what I can say with absolute certainty is that you won’t regret hiring me.