Meet Genevieve, Communications Coordinator

One of the many faces of BlueScope, Genevieve is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Australian Steel Products business and is based at Port Kembla. She originally joined the company as an Office Manager in sales and marketing, shifted to human resources and then to organisation development. She now really enjoys her current role in Corporate Affairs and Communication and is a great example of a flexible employee who has moved and gained new skills throughout the organisation. She was pleased to share her story with us.

When did you start at BlueScope and what attracted you to the company?

I joined BlueScope back in 2007 and I think the attraction for me was the size of the organisation, as I had been living in Sydney and working for a large organisation in the banking and finance sector.

What is involved in your role?

My role is Communications Coordinator in the Australian Steel Products business and a lot of my work is unpredictable. We do a lot to improve how we communicate using different channels, what we’re communicating and also show people different ways of simplifying their message.

The workload can often be unpredictable, so at times it can be a challenge to achieve work-life balance in the role, however, I think it's the unpredictability that appeals to me. I really like to feel like I’m being pushed professionally and trying things that I haven’t tried before. If you have the chance to do or try something new, I believe that you should jump at it.

It sounds like you work with many stakeholders throughout BlueScope. Is that the case?

Yes, I get to work with a lot of people: from the executive level throughout all levels of the organisation. It’s great to see that the people in our leadership positions are really down-to-earth, everyday people and I'm sure that they also really appreciate being approached that way. I think that it’s great to have exposure to everybody across the business, I really enjoy building relationships.

What has been one of the greatest challenges in your career?

Personally, I think the greatest challenge has been working with people at an executive level. Sometimes you can feel out of your depth, but it has actually been fantastic for personal development and building confidence.

One of the recent things that I’ve been thinking about is how I handle new opportunities and challenges. I see things come up at work and sometimes I think at first, “Gosh, I don't think I can do that”. For my role, I’m not university-qualified, I’m always looking to learn new things and add value in my role. Whether it’s your tools or skills, I believe that it’s important for people not to look at something and say, “I’ve never done that before and I don’t think I can do it”. You have to be open to learning... and sometimes you just have to hold your breath and dive right in!

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