"Don’t settle and don’t give up" – Katherine Morgan's secret to finding her dream job at Court Network

Posted on May 30, 2019 11:42 AM |

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 Katherine Morgan, who found her job as the National Communications and Operations Officer at Court Network on EthicalJobs.com.au.

Court Network is a frontline community organisation that supports people to access the court system. Operating in Victoria and Queensland, it employs staff in areas including training and development, communications and program management.


Starting out with work

My first paid job was at a jewellery store when I was 16. I worked there for about three months but my parents made me leave after they made me work until 9pm on Christmas Eve!

I graduated uni with a degree in communications majoring in public relations. I’ve always loved writing, and excelled in English and debating at school, so a degree in communications seemed like the perfect fit. Since graduating I’ve worked in communications positions across a variety of sectors, including start-ups, the public service and a commercial media group.

After graduating, I started working as the social media director for a start-up company in Sydney. I was working as part of a very small team so every day was different and I was able to work on a range of different projects. This role was a great introduction to full-time work as it allowed me to be innovative and find my feet with a very tightknit and supportive team.

Then I moved into a role in the public health system. Working in a hospital can be challenging but it allowed me to communicate with patients in a more personal way. This job introduced me to a role that helped people and society, which I greatly enjoyed.

After that moved to London and scored a job at The Guardian. I started as an account manager and was quickly moved up to account director. I worked with a catalogue of clients in the education sector, creating large-scale advertising and recruitment campaigns.

I’ve been told a number of times that my resume is very interesting, as I’ve had a variety of roles in quite different sectors. However, each position provided me with new skills and experiences, which made me realise what I value in a job and workplace and have led me to my current position.

 

Working at Court Network

Court Network is a frontline community organisation, which uses a volunteer workforce to provide non-legal information, support and referral to court users. We offer non-partisan and non-judgemental support to everyone coming through the courts, including victims, offenders and families. Court Network operates across Victoria and Queensland, and is a registered charity.

I was first attracted to the organisation because I had never heard of this type of work before. Having never studied or worked in the legal sector, it struck me how unprepared and scared I would be if I was asked to face court.

I truly believe in the valuable service that Court Network provides to people and the community at large. The non-judgemental support that the volunteers offer can change the way people view the legal system, and the assistance and referrals they provide to court users can change the course of their life.

I’m the National Communications and Operations Officer. This means I’m in charge of the organisation’s communications strategy and that I implement national-level business systems. I communicate with our volunteers and stakeholders and ensure that all of Court Network’s messaging is on brand and in line with our organisation’s values.

I also work on raising awareness about the unique service we provide to the courts through events, media campaigns and community outreach programs. This is a new role at Court Network so it is very exciting!

 

Why work for a better world?

I thrive when I know my work is making a positive difference in the world. I have always known that I need to be doing a job that is tangibly helping people, as it motivates me to work harder and I feel more positive at the end of each day.

It sounds clichéd, but knowing that I am making someone’s life a bit easier helps me get out of bed in the morning. I also greatly enjoy being surrounded by like-minded people, so working in the not-for-profit sector means I am collaborating with people who also want to make a change. It’s a refreshing, energising and challenging space to work in, which is exactly the work environment I like.

If you want to get into a similar line of work, don’t give up. I spent months looking for the right job – and that came with its fair share of rejections.

If you know you want to be working in a certain field or industry, or at a certain level in an organisation, don’t settle. You want to wake up excited about the day ahead.

Make as many connections as you can, as these can provide you with new opportunities. I had a phone interview for a job at a large charity earlier in the year. I made an instant connection with the interviewer and, although the role wasn’t for me, we agreed to catch up for coffee so I could listen to her advice, as well as discuss my future career plans and goals.

 

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