Winning the job lottery

 What’s it like working for a woman-owned business? Carmi, our Immigration Administrator, gives you the inside scoop.

Today marks my 90th day with Trinity. I thought I’d look back on the past few months and share my experience working with a woman-owned business and an almost all-woman team, apart from our General Manager, Nils (whom we love dearly for the positivity he brings to the team, unique male perspective, and weekly Dad jokes).

Working at Trinity was not at all what I expected – in a good way. It seems ages ago when Cassandra and Kristine sat down with me to chat about the role at a quaint café in Dunsandel.

It was one of the most unconventional interviews I’ve been on. Instead of asking the standard, run-of-the-mill questions like, “why should we hire you?” or “what are your strengths and weaknesses?”  we discussed my family and why I loved watching Korean dramas. I can’t remember what else we talked about; I just know that there were lots of laughter involved in between serious conversations.

Little did I know that I was being assessed on how I would fit within the team. Luckily, Cassandra and Kristine seemed to think I’d be a good addition because I got a call the very next day about my job offer.

If that interview was an indication of how life at Trinity was going to be, I knew that I wanted to be part of the team. Cassandra radiated kindness and authenticity from the get-go, and that translates into how she runs her business.

Surprisingly, it works. In an industry where people can be reduced to numbers, I’ve learned that there’s a better, kinder way to do things AND still be successful. In fact, it’s what makes Trinity stand out.

If you ask me what’s it like to work at Trinity, I guess I’d have to say it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. I’m given the autonomy and the flexibility to work at my own pace, at my own hours, in the comfort of my own home while having access to our office in Dunsandel or Timaru when I’m in need of adult conversation. For an introvert, this is the perfect set up and gives me the best of both worlds.

Being the immigration administrator has given me the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives. The borders might be closed now, which limits our capacity to help people find jobs in New Zealand, but I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.