Staff profile: David Cameron
The Curtin Medical School’s new Admissions Coordinator, David Cameron, has a past life as a Student Recruitment Officer at Edith Cowan University (ECU), and has whiled away more than a few English summers playing cricket. His favourite place to relax is Rottnest Island, he has a fondness for food from Italy and, when fictional character Harvey Specter from Suits fame gets philosophical, he pays attention.
Name: David Cameron.
Title: Admissions Coordinator.
School: Curtin Medical School.
How long have you worked at Curtin?
Near enough to two years.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
I worked as a student recruitment officer at ECU, which was great fun. Previous to that, I spent a few UK ‘summers’ gallivanting across the UK playing cricket.
What do you like best about your role?
Being able to work with a great bunch of people every day is certainly hard to beat when it comes to the best thing about my role. Coming in a close second is the ability to set my own start and finish time!
Why did you choose your current career path?
I’d love to say I’d chosen this current career path as part of some grand plan, but through a combination of sheer luck and hard work I’ve found myself where I am today. Just please don’t ask me what I want to be when I grow up, I still have no idea!
Delivering newspapers to what seemed like half of my postcode when I was in primary school. Let’s just say the percentage of newspapers that went in the letterboxes was well below Malcom Turnbull’s current approval ratings.
Being hired as a ‘consultant’ for an online magazine, only to find out it was a glorified cold caller job selling advertising space. I’m glad I said ‘sayonara’ after five days there.
What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
For the next few months before applications really start to ramp up, I’m looking at how the Curtin Medical School can provide outreach and aspiration-building towards certain demographics, who have been historically or financially disadvantaged when it comes to getting into medicine. We’ve got a few school visits planned in the next few weeks, and are hoping to get out into some regional areas to spread the word!
Your favourite place in the world and why?
I’m a man of very simple pleasures so I think, for that reason alone, it’s pretty hard to beat Rottnest Island. I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time there as a kid and now, with a foreign partner who loves quokkas more than me, I’ve spent a lot more time there enjoying all the island has to offer.
Your favourite cuisine and why?
This really is a tough question, I’m quite a fan of food! I think I’ll go with Italian, but only just. A well-made pizza followed by a nice tiramisu will make the subsequent food coma well worth it.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
I think the great Harvey Specter (from TV show Suits) said it best when he said ‘when you’re backed against the wall, break the goddamn thing down’.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
I think my current colleagues have managed to drag out all of the information that they wanted to know. They might be surprised to learn, however, that I have a keen interest in science and technology and all of its encompassing facets. I’m a big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson and the work he does to bring astrophysics to the people.