15 November 2015
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It was in Year Nine Geography that I first knew I wanted to be a town planner. We were asked to design the layout of a new town and something clicked inside and I just knew I had found what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’m now 22 years into my career as a town planner, and it excites me just as much now as it did then. I joined Urbis 13 years ago, and just like that moment in Year 9 Geography, I just knew from day 1 that I had found the place that I wanted build the rest of my career.
I am always commented about as someone who is always focused and driven. I have a strong work ethic that was instilled in me as a child, watching my dad who worked really hard and taught me that success comes to those who work hard and aren’t prepared to accept failure.. And it doesn’t often feel like hard work when you love what you are doing. I feel incredibly lucky that I have found a career that am passionate about and gives me purpose.
Most women don’t back themselves, which is something I have been guilty of for much of my career. I am naturally introverted, so I have had to really work at being more assertive and learning to speak up for what I believe in. I have watched many women hold themselves back by their own fears about not having the skills to do something or not being as good as others. Its taken me a long time but I have learnt, particularly as my career has matured, that being afraid of failure will almost guarantee that you never find success. I have learnt that I need to just have the courage to jump in with both feet, despite often having no idea how to get to the other side, because more often than not my male counterparts don’t either.