Staff profile: Jessica Burnett
Name: Jessica Burnett.
Role: Marketing Coordinator/Placements Coordinator.
School: School of Pharmacy.
How long have you worked at Curtin?
I started in a temporary part time position in October 2015 and am delighted to have just accepted a fixed term contract covering maternity leave.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
My last role was in external recruitment. The candidates we placed always spoke so highly of Curtin that I asked the consultant if there were any opportunities fit for my skillset. One month later and I was here! Prior to that role, I held a lot of exciting, busy contract roles due to travel and a commitment phobia to any one country, including recruiting for the Police in New Zealand, event coordination in Melbourne and wedding coordination at The Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds.
What do you like best about your role?
I love that my role is split directly with half my week focusing on marketing and half on student placements, it means I get to collaborate with a lot of different colleagues and also interact with students, suppliers and members of the public. Being based in reception on top of this is ideal for me.
Why did you choose your current career path?
My career path so far has been exploring different opportunities and seeing where they can take me and so far I wouldn’t change a thing.
I can’t complain about this one. While my friends were babysitting or stacking dishwashers I would spend my summers on the beach giving out gelato for a startup company. It seemed like my dream job at the time and looking back now may still be.
The same job as above, every time we developed a new flavour I would magically develop another few kilos!
What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
With placements I’m currently auditing where the students are with numerous checks and requirements to ensure they are ready to head out on their clinical placements. With marketing we are starting to get right into the organisation for Open Day – it’s the first time I’ve been involved with this so I’m really looking forward to it.
Your favourite place in the world and why?
The Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand – look it up on Google images! I grew up here and it still has my childhood heart, plus the region has the best Sauvignon Blanc I’ve ever tried.
Your favourite cuisine and why? Mexican.
I make the best nachos out of my whole family, and that’s not to be taken lightly considering my mother and sister are both well regarded chefs by trade!
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
My favourites are “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” and “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Both are from Mahatma Gandhi.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
I had a pet lamb that I used to walk to school in New Zealand, which isn’t that weird if you live on a farm but I lived in the middle of the city!