Starting one’s career by working in insolvencies sounds like a depressing task, but Ben also sees the positive sides. “If you look around, every business carries risk, our whole society is based on the idea of people going out giving it a go,” Ben says.
“Sometimes it works, and we end up with great ideas and amazing leaps forward, like bionic ears and artificial hearts. But for every one of those there's ideas that don’t succeed and people who need help to find a resolution.”
Ben thinks that the pandemic is a good example for this. “Some businesses may fail because of COVID,” he says, “especially smaller businesses. Owners often put blood, sweat and tears into their business for years and years and they love it dearly, but it can be hard to absorb the impacts of something like a global pandemic.”
Ben helps to provide an avenue out for people and their businesses. “We try to help people work through the difficulties. Whether it's the business owner, their employees who are now out of a job, or the supplier that's now not going to get paid,” Ben says.
“I work to help people understand what that next step is so that they can take an active role instead of being a passenger.”
Why regional Australia is a great place to work
After graduating from JCU, Ben has made a conscious decision not to move to the big city. Instead, he has never regretted staying in North Queensland, and even turned into an advocate for working in regional Australia. “The regions have so much to offer,” Ben says. “My career would not have been the same if I didn’t stay in regional Australia. I've been exposed to a range of opportunities, ways of thinking, and experiences.”
Working in a regional area has also helped Ben gain experience in a variety of fields. “I'm not just an insolvency guy,” he says. “I’ve been able to expand into advisory work and valuations work , which is fantastic. Outside of the regions, careers are more often narrowly focused so there is a risk that you end up in a small niche.”
Share your plans - let people help make it happen
The biggest lesson that Ben has learned throughout his career is that it is extremely important to share what matters to you. “If you've got particular interests, if you've got a direction that you want to go in, if you want to achieve something, communicate that to the people that can make it happen,” Ben says.
“Some of the big opportunities during my career have just been making myself available,” Ben says. “If you make it known that 'hey, this is something I want to do', you will find the people who will help you to succeed."