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  • (happy music) - My name's Ray.

  • My first job was working at Fosseys in Taree.

  • It was kind of like a check out chic job,

  • but then after a short time

  • because I was performing so well,

  • I went to the laybuy counter.

  • It was just generally like cash handling,

  • taking money from people, putting clothing in bags.

  • People would ask me to do some weird things,

  • so like, old ladies would ask me to measure them

  • for sort of, petticoats and stuff.

  • It was a great learning experience.

  • The team environment was probably the best thing.

  • The camaraderie of us working together.

  • Dealing with customers was all right, you know,

  • cause it was a relatively small town, you knew people,

  • and people would come in for a chat.

  • Some people would queue up at my checkout for a chat.

  • So sometimes my queue was longer

  • than the other Fosseys' queues

  • cause people wanted to chat to nice Ray.

  • Probably the interesting thing for me actually

  • when I was in the laybuy counter

  • I used to have to wrap up parcels

  • and I really enjoyed wrapping parcels really well

  • and creating interesting shapes with the parcels.

  • So that was, that was a fun

  • and interesting part that I enjoyed.

  • Well the biggest job in Wingham, where I went to school,

  • was at the Abattoir, killing sheep, and pigs, and cows.

  • And I knew I didn't want to do that.

  • The other jobs in the area were being a dairy farmer

  • and I wasn't really interested in that.

  • So I liked writing and so there was a local paper,

  • and so that sort of sparked my interest in writing,

  • and so I always wanted to be a journalist

  • and work with words.

  • So the advice I'd give to people who are looking for work

  • is don't be disheartened and keep dropping off CVs

  • or turning up to shops.

  • Managers of shops appreciate persistence

  • and that shows that your really keen

  • and so I got this job just through a friend

  • that I knew that was leaving the roll,

  • so he said, "Talk to this guy, he might have a job for you."

  • Whereas, before that I was just handing in CVs.

  • And heard nothing and went, "Oh, that's it."

  • But I would call the shop or drop into the shop and say,

  • "Hey, I dropped off my CV last month.

  • "Are there anymore opportunities?"

  • And just show that you're keen in that job

  • and keep showing up and eventually

  • you'll get a foot in the door.

  • I now work in content design

  • so I make videos, and write blogs, I do social media,

  • we'll do photography shoots,

  • so while I always dreamed of being a journalist,

  • it's kind of evolved into writing for the web.

  • So I studied journalism

  • and then I couldn't put a microphone into someone's face

  • when their mother or father had just died.

  • Just couldn't put myself in heartbreaking situations,

  • so then I said, "There must be another way

  • "for me to use my skills."

  • I went to more writing and advertising

  • and so then I started working in advertising

  • as a copywriter, writing ads.

  • That actually led me around the world.

  • I moved from sort of paper-based writing to web writing

  • and that has led to me now working content design,

  • which is doing stuff kinda for the web.

  • Practice your craft, like when I look back

  • I was a terrible writer when I first started writing,

  • and I think after doing it again, and again,

  • and again, and again, you just get better and better.

  • You learn how to write and by getting that feedback,

  • makes you become a better writer

  • and don't get upset when someone says your writing's bad.

  • Just suck it up and try harder

  • and do it again, and again, and again,

  • until you have something you're proud of.

  • I think teamwork is really important

  • having moved through different managerial roles,

  • the whole idea, like you get the best out of your team

  • by being a good manager and you be a good manager

  • by engaging with them and creating a team

  • that loves coming to work and loves working together.

  • I think it's really important that that team culture

  • and dynamic works well,

  • and so that's probably the most important thing.

(happy music) - My name's Ray.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/05
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