Abigail presented to the large group of people who came together for our Awards night. This is her story.
“Eighteen months ago, I started my very first paid job at PHD Media, which is a large advertising company for TV, Radio and internet and is located in Mount Eden.
When I finished Unitec in 2017, after completing a Certificate in Employment Skills, my goal was to get a job. Just before I left Unitec I was introduced to PolyEmp who were there to help me achieve this. After going to several job club sessions at PolyEmp, I was phoned to say there could be a job for me and I was asked to come for an interview at PHD Media. I remember feeling quite confident meeting my employer as they were friendly people and I had my Advisor from PolyEmp alongside me.
The good news was I go the job and I was so excited to be starting work in my dream job as an office assistant, working 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday.
Every morning I sort out the mail, restock the snack cupboard and the tea and coffee and milk in the kitchen. As well as that I keep the stationary room well stocked and tidy the IT cupboard and meeting rooms. I also help out in reception, put away countdown orders and stationary order (my favorite job) and stock up the beer and wine fridge. The P.R. team also call on me when some extra help is needed and I can be called on to make coffee for the clients.
One of my important jobs is to make appointments for the staff massages which we are very lucky to get at our work.
Recently I have done a Step by Step course which has given me new skills for my job. Over the last 3 months after work, I have been studying the NZQA Unitec standards and now I have achieved them.
Last week at my work we had our 20th Birthday Celebration and Awards Ceremony and I received an Award for PHD media employee of the year for courage and I got a $100 gift voucher.
I have become very independent getting to work and home again. I need to catch both a train and a bus which means I have had to get better at time management. Mum still thinks there is room for improvement. I sometimes find it tricky to work out what to wear each morning, as I have to dress smartly. I have also learnt how to check the weather on my phone, so that I choose the right clothes to wear. On the day I don’t take my rain jacket it is sure to rain.
I love working at PHD media because I love the jobs that I do, it’s fun and it’s the type of work environment I like to work in. My colleagues are very helpful and they always tell me I do an amazing job of keeping everything tidy and getting all of my tasks done in time. When I first started this job I has a list of tasks that I had to work through. I haven’t needed that for a while as I know what my jobs are and I get them done quickly, so that I can add more jobs to my day.
I always feel like I am a valuable member of my work family.”