Jul 29, 2019

Candidate Conversations – July 2019

This month’s ‘Candidate Conversation’ is with Siti Nur Ashikin Saad. Siti is a Malaysian national who has been in Australia and working with Agri Labour Australia (ALA) for just over twelve months.

Our recruitment team identified Siti as a great candidate for her flexibility and great attitude when it comes to roles. Not afraid of hard work, Siti has proven herself as a reliable, happy and positive staff member who gets the job done with no complaints!

From Tasmania and NSW, then up to North Queensland for the mango season, Siti was doing quality control for our citrus client in South Australia when we got talking to her about what she loves most about living and working in regional Australia.

What’s the best part about your job?

I have made so many new friends from lots of different countries. I get to know about their cultures and learn their languages. I have also learned a lot about how important organisation and communication are at work. Travelling and working in different places in Australia is also great.

What is the most challenging part of your work?

For me, learning the new role and the skills I need to do my best and keep up the pace – making sure everything is of the best quality, weight is correct etc. Travelling around for each job can sometimes be a little challenging.

What are you career goals?

I like to multitask! I would like to know much more, work more and plan to keep learning a new role for every job in the future. I’d also like to become a supervisor and lead teams.

What has been your favourite job since being with ALA?

Cutting asparagus in Cowra has been my favourite so far – it was physically challenging, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to do it, but I did!

How has ALA helped you while you’ve been working in Australia?

ALA has really helped me to grow in different ways. My confidence has grown and ALA have assisted me in gaining skills and learning so much in a short time. Before I started with ALA, I was shy but now I am more social and can communicate with people freely.

Where to from here?

I plan on doing what I can to stay in Australia! For now I will be heading back to Tasmania to do vegetable sorting and packing.

Favourite place in Australia and why?

Penguin in Tasmania. It’s a super stunning place, the people are lovely, it’s a great work environment and the company I was working for is super systematic with a good supervisor. That’s why I’m going back!

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