Anthony's research project had been organised by JCU Business lecturer and researcher Suzie Pont, who also helped him land his job at The Reef Hotel Casino. “One day, I got a call from Suzie, saying, ‘Hey, I've got a contact at the casino in town. They're looking for someone in HR, someone entry level’,” Anthony says.
“That's how I found out about the Human Resources Administrator role. I applied for it and got the job, and I was even able to start before I was finished with my academic work. Ten months after my appointment, I was promoted to Human Resources Coordinator.”
Anthony says that the transition phase from being a uni student to being a HR professional was an interesting time for him. “As much as uni prepares you for it, you can never be fully prepared before you actually step into the role in real life,” Anthony says.
“But I was really excited as well. The main motivator for me was learning everything I could at JCU and then finally stepping into a proper job that I've been wanting.”
Working in a small team
Anthony now works in a small team of four in Human Resources at the Reef Hotel Casino. Working alongside another JCU graduate, the team manages human resources for almost four hundred employees at the casino. “There’s myself, one HR Advisor who looks after training and compliance, one who looks after recruitment, and the HR Manager,” Anthony says. “I take care of the workplace health and safety aspects, like the WorkCover claims, incident reports and related issues.”
But it’s not only the work that makes a difference for Anthony, but the people. “Every day is different. In a given day I can interact with anyone from senior management to frontline staff for all sorts of things,” Anthony says. “I really enjoy those interactions, and I do whatever I can to help them.”