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Staff profile

Name: Jean-Baptiste Philibert, but everyone calls me JB.

Title: Teaching Support Coordinator.

School: Biomedical Sciences.

Campus: Bentley.

How long have you worked at Curtin?

Since February 2015.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

I worked at the International Office at Murdoch University managing International Orientation and International Scholarship programs.

What do you like best about your role?

I have only just started, however I am enjoying the new challenge and the opportunity to interact with different members of the school, faculty and University. Please feel free to pop by and say ‘Bonjour!’.

JB, Teaching Support Coordinator.
JB, Teaching Support Coordinator.

Why did you choose your current career path?

It chose me as much as I chose it. When I graduated from a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, I was extensively involved in a volunteer capacity with the University. I was in charge of all RAs on campus accommodation, and I didn’t feel ready to leave my new found home yet! I took a seventeen-week long contract at Murdoch International, for ten hours a week, and never looked back!

First job?

First paid job – Kitchen Hand. First non-casual job – Assistant Study Abroad Coordinator. I was the advisor to a cohort of US study abroad students, which took me on ten-day Northwest and three-day Southwest WA trips every semester.

Worst job?

Bartending at Ascot Racecourse during Melbourne Cup…

Your favourite place in the world and why?

Leh in Kashmir, India. It was the most peaceful and beautiful place I have ever been to.

Your favourite cuisine and why?

It might be cheating, but it would have to be Malaysian food for its incredible diversity.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Say yes to every opportunity, and then make sure it is done right.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I was born in France but did my high school in Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) and came to Perth at 16 years old. As a result, Perth is the place I have lived in the longest!