Staff profile: Lynne Oakes
After a long career as a sales representative, Lynne Oakes joined the School of Biomedical Sciences as a Senior Technical/Scientific Officer. Lynne did her degree at Curtin before building her career, travelling and having a family. She loves the great outdoors, camping and motorbikes!
Name: Lynne Oakes.
Title: Senior Technical/Scientific Officer – Part time 0.4 FTE.
School: Biomedical Sciences.
How long have you worked at Curtin?
Since February 2017.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
I worked as a sales representative for a scientific supply company called Interpath Services. I enjoyed this job, but felt it was time for a lifestyle change and to take on some new challenges! During the course of this 16-year sales career, I developed relationships with many of the scientists at Curtin, so it’s great to be working with them now as a colleague!
What do you like best about your role?
Working directly with the students and academics, and being part of a great team on the technical staff in Biomedical Sciences.
Why did you choose your current career path?
A desire to get back into the lab after a long career in an allied scientific role. Also, I was keen to make a change to working part time for lifestyle reasons.
My first job was as a sales assistant at a major department store as a 15 year old high school student, and I loved having the chance to earn my own money. However, my first ‘real’ job was as a graduate scientist in the Microbiology Department at Royal Perth Hospital.
A school holiday job I had packing meat pies on a production line at a local factory. Starting my shift at 6am and standing all day nearly killed me, but it did make me determined to get a good education so that I could get a different sort of job when I ‘grew up’.
What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
I am currently involved in preparing the practical classes for the 2nd year Clinical Biochemistry students.
Your favourite place in the world and why?
Two options here, both relate to the great outdoors. I love being near the ocean and walking on the beach; anywhere along our spectacular WA coastline. Equal favourite for me is camping in the bush, and sitting by the campfire with a glass of wine in my hand.
Your favourite cuisine and why?
Anything that someone else has cooked for me.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
That the most important things in life are the relationships you have with those around you and to value them. Also, to live your life so that as you grow older you never look back with regret.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
Most people at work would not know that I am a very keen motorbike rider. I ride my bikes at every opportunity, and my partner and I spend most of our holidays camping and motorbike riding in this great country of ours.