“I’D rather regret what I did, than regret what I didn’t do,” were the wise words of this year’s guest speaker at the fifth annual Portland Administration Professionals breakfast on Friday.
Rachael Robertson’s motivating words ignited a flame within the packed room of local business and administration professionals at the event hosted by the Committee for Portland at the Portland Golf Club.
Ms Robertson’s speech provided a brilliant combination of humour and inspiration as she spoke of her former role as manager of Australia’s most southerly station on the Ingrid Christensen Coast of Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica.
Ms Robertson was working as district manager for Parks Victoria, which included visiting Portland twice a month and overseeing local national parks, when she stumbled across a newspaper advertisement searching for a manager for Davis Station in Antarctica, to which she applied.
However, she initially had zero intention of getting the job.
Ms Robertson said her goal was to get an interview to see what questions they would ask her, so she could use those questions in her own line of work.
Ms Robertson’s focus fell onto people’s ability to empathise and she was curious to find out how you identify that quality in a person.
“Imagine if I could recruit for that quality,” she said.
It turned out there was no interview, just a gruelling boot camp in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.
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