This month we are chatting with Elise Gordon, Regional Manager of AusIndustry.
1/ Who is Elise?
I am South Australian born and bred, having grown up in the northern suburbs of Adelaide and going through primary, secondary and tertiary education in Adelaide. When I was younger my family spent a lot of time holidaying around the state, including plenty of camping trips to Beachport over the years. My parents have since made a ‘tree change’ and relocated to the Limestone Coast, so over the last five years I’ve spent a good amount of time getting better acquainted with this region and am now glad to call it home. Some other things about me… I’m a massive bibliophile (can’t get enough historical fiction!); I love nature, bushwalks, and old historic buildings; and I’m a one-eyed supporter of the Port Adelaide Football Club.
2/ What are the main professional areas you have worked in over the years ?
My professional career started as a graduate with the Commonwealth Government in Canberra 2011, where I completed a Diploma of Government and spent the next few years in a diversity of roles from tourism policy to offshore petroleum safety. Although I loved living and working in Canberra, I decided to try something different and in 2015 I moved to Norwich, UK and found work in the civil sector developing healthcare workforce programs across the east of England. Following that, I moved to Tokyo, Japan where I did a lot of travelling and also spent some time in Fukushima working in a British-themed resort. I then went back to Canberra for a little while, until I applied for my current role with AusIndustry and made the move to Mt Gambier.
3/ What is the biggest challenge you have faced professionally or personally?
Leaving home at a young age, fresh out of university, to move to Canberra to start my career was exciting but also a little terrifying as I had to leave the comfort of family and friends for the first time. I’m glad I did it though, as it set me up for the great role that I’m in today and allowed me to meet some fantastic people from all over the world along the way!
4/ What is your favourite place to visit in the Limestone Coast & Western Victoria area
I love getting amongst nature, and the coastal walks from Southend through Canunda National Park are pretty spectacular and would probably be swarmed with tourists if they were in any other part of the world. Anywhere along Bowman Scenic Drive at Beachport is also great to stop and have a stroll. I think we are super lucky to be able to regularly see emus, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, eagles, even deer, all around our region.
5/ Do you have any recommendations for our members to take away ?
I’m a big advocate for work-life balance. We already spend such a huge chunk of our lives at work, so I’ve had to discipline myself to switch off the work phone/ tablet/ laptop as soon as I leave the office to make sure I’ve got time for ‘me’ in the evenings and weekends. I’ve also had to train myself to switch off my brain from work, and found that using brain training/ mindfulness techniques has been helpful and encourage others to look into this.