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Alice heads to Alice: The ethical job that inspired Alice Rose to move to the NT

People find amazing jobs on EthicalJobs.com.au every day. This is part of a series of blog posts that go behind the scenes to meet some of the people and organisations finding each other through EthicalJobs.com.au.

Today’s story is from Alice Rose, who found her job as the HR Assistant at Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council on EthicalJobs.com.au. Headquartered in Alice Springs, NPY Women’s Council is a community-based organisation that delivers a range of community, family, research and advocacy services to Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara women in the central desert region of Australia.

Hi Alice – thanks for chatting with us! To kick us off, tell us about your first ever paid job

My first paid job was folding and delivering newspapers in my local neighbourhood.

The majority of people in the area were in their 80s and 90s, so I would spend almost every afternoon after school hand-delivering newspapers and drinking cups of tea with senior citizens. I loved it!

So how did you go from there to working at Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council?

At Uni, I studied a dual degree: a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts – majoring in communication and public policy.

My law studies have allowed me to understand the legislative, more formal side of human resources, while my communication studies have given me great people skills. A unique but valuable combination!

Before working with NPY Women’s Council, I went to work with a wonderful organisation that supports young people; and, before that, with two organisations that support refugees and asylum seekers in Brisbane.

I’ve been really lucky that the majority of my career has been working with passionate, like-minded professionals in the not-for-profit sector. I feel incredibly fortunate that the foundations of my career have developed in such forward-thinking, supportive and ethical organisations.

That’s great to hear! So for those who may not be aware, what does NPY Women’s Council do? And what first attracted you to it – and convinced you to move from Brisbane to the NT?

NPY Women’s Council works with women and their families of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara region in central Australia to increase their capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices.

I was first attracted to the organisation as I knew the Board of Directors was a group of 12 senior women from the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, who are elected by members. I was excited to learn more from an organisation with such a strong and proud history of representing women the ‘proper way’ – in an environment and landscape unique to Australia.

And what does your role as HR assistant at Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council involve?

I work within the People and Workplace Services team. Alongside other programs, we support a staff of approximately 150 – the majority of whom either regularly travel to or live in remote communities. My job entails providing administration support in a variety of areas, including recruitment, learning and development, employee support and compliance checks. It’s a great balance of working to improve our internal systems and to support our staff.

Many people who work for community organisations are well aware that they could earn a more lucrative salary in the public or private sector. What has motivated you to work in the not-for-profit sector?

I love working in this sector as I get to come home at the end of each day having worked with an inspiring group of people, and knowing that I have contributed to something bigger than myself – even if it’s in a small way.

For me, no amount of money can replace that feeling!

And just to finish off, what advice would you give to the many ethical jobseekers who dream of a landing a job like yours?

My advice would be to have a good think about why you want to work for the organisation before starting your application.

Take time to consider how your values align with theirs, how your skills and qualifications suit the position and what you hope to learn from them.

This is a great way to ground yourself, and will set you up to provide genuine, thoughtful answers to any questions asked – at the application stage right through to the interview.

Thanks so much, Alice!

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