Years of experience
Harvey Norman is not like any other multi million dollar public listed company, there is very much an open door policy. I have had great opportunities to talk with people, whom I believe if you were in another company would not have the time for people in store world.
Tell us about your career journey?
I started with Harvey Norman when I was in year 10 during a week of work experience.
My first official job was at the Castle Hill Franchise as an Electrical and Computers cashier Thursday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.
I then went to university in Armidale and became very fortunate to receive assistance from the Harvey Norman HR team in finding a job every time I came back to Sydney for my uni holidays.
These roles were in the following areas: Instant Images, Payroll, HR, Accounts and Computers
I then went on to roles in the Franchisor Office including a full time role as the Assistant Coordinator for Bedding before an opportunity came up to work on reception.
Three years ago I was given the incredible opportunity to go back to the Franchise to see if I would like to become a Franchisee.
As I had worked in the Franchisor Office I worked within all areas of the business to see which one I preferred to be a part of. I started in the Electrical Franchise, North Ryde, Domayne Bedding Franchise, North Ryde, Harvey Norman Bathrooms Franchise Castle Hill and Harvey Norman Furniture Franchise Liverpool.
During my time I had always felt I wanted to live overseas before I got to the point of ‘I should have’ or ‘I wish I had.’ I really wanted to live overseas but at the same time I did not want to leave the company (as you can see what the company and it’s people had already done for me).
A remarkable opportunity arose where I was able to go to live in Ireland and work for Harvey Norman in Swords. I had a spectacular time living, travelling and working there for a year. The people I met will be friends for a very long time.
When I returned to Australia I was given a remarkable opportunity on the 'Proprietor In Training Program' to work for the Harvey Norman Bedding Franchisee and his team at Auburn.
After spending time in various roles , I finally realised my passion is within Bedding for Harvey Norman and cannot wait to see what Harvey Norman has in store for me in the future.
I have met some incredible people along my journey who I will always thank for their time. Each and everyone has taught me something that I will carry into the future.
What support have you had in your career development?
Harvey Norman has given me the opportunity to find my passion. I have been very lucky in being a part of so many different roles. I was never 100% on what career I should take once I left school and Uni. Harvey Norman gave me the chance to search for that career.
I loved learning each one as it has made me see how the Harvey Norman puzzle pieces create the bigger picture. How one job flows onto another person’s job.
I think we participate in training everyday but the 'Proprietor In Training Program' is proving to be extremely beneficial. It’s a fantastic learning experience.
What have been some of the highlights of your career to date?
Recently I have been appointed to the position of Bedding Proprietor at Harvey Norman Nowra. I have been fortunate to be able to travel and experience a position I have worked very hard to reach. Everyone in the Nowra store has been extremely helpful as it is a different experience when you are in a shop by yourself. Once arriving in the store I have realised even more that the support network is next to none.
Meeting so many smart and talented people has been a definite highlight.