Field staff member profile – Felicity Gaylard
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE?
A bit of everything and anything! I work with Independence Australia on Disability Support Worker traineeships and on RTO operations and student enrolments with Field.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ANYONE BALANCING WORK AND STUDY? HOW DO YOU DO IT?
I am working through an Executive MBA which is about 20 hours per week of study commitment and will take anywhere up to 5 years to complete.
My number 1 tip in regards to ANY study is to tell your family, friends, colleagues (i.e. anyone and everyone!), that you are studying. Primarily because their support and encouragement is invaluable. Also, you sometimes just never know who knows what about your unit topic or industry of study!
I also like to reward myself for achieving milestones along the way… for example, a meal at my favourite restaurant during mid-semester break (for getting half way through the semester!) or treating myself to Gold Class at the cinema for finishing a semester.
MY HOBBIES ARE:
Watching AFL (I’m an embarrassed Carlton supporter), doing/making craft, drinking coffee and op shopping!
DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?
Fel is what most people call me… however if I’m asked to leave a name against a coffee order or restaurant booking, I use Jane. Felicity seems to be too easily confused with Melanie, Christy or Stephanie so I gave up years ago! Although I still sometimes see Jane recorded incorrectly and have had coffee cups with ‘Jan’ and ‘James’ written on them!
6 siblings. Crazy, right?! 1 lives in America, 1 lives in Brisbane and the other 4 live in Melbourne.
I LIKE WORKING AT FIELD BECAUSE:
The passion, purpose and culture of the team is the best! Everyone is a team player, encouraging of one another and we’re all here to support the industry with highly competent workers!
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER:
I wanted to become a Palaeontologist! (You might have to Google that one!)
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE SECTOR:
…become totally mainstream. What I mean by this is the fact that disability and ageing are part of everyday life, the world and society! Yet there are particular topics of conversation, situations or occurrences that the greater population still considers awkward or taboo. Sometimes this can be honestly put down to simply not knowing. Knowledge is power so let’s talk about our sector, loudly and proudly, and empower people with an understanding!