Nick Gadsby recently joined the team here at HB as our Blue Collar Consultant. I sat down with Nick and asked him a few questions about his employment journey, how he’s enjoying the job so far and why he moved from WA to Toowoomba.
Coffee or tea? Milk in first or last?
I’m a tea fan. One of my fondest memories as a kid was when we went mustering and stopped for smoko to put the billy on, and drinking the old-style Bushells tea. Definitely milk in last.
What’s your favourite food?
I’m not much of a ‘favourites’ person. I’m more a ‘flavour of the month’ type of bloke. This month it’s Mexican.
What was your first job / the most interesting job you’ve had?
My first paid and proper job was as a Trainee Soil Tester. I was 16 and had just moved out of home. The most interesting job I had was travelling Australia to drill in regional quarries on my own. I especially enjoyed the undisturbed nights camping out under the stars.
Tell us a little more about your work history.
I’m from a farming background originally. I moved out of home at 15 1/2 to paddle my own canoe and try my luck in a Traineeship as a Soil Tester. Once I finished my traineeship and had a car licence, I was offered an opportunity as a Blast Hole Driller which then led me to a 16+ year career in Mining and Civil. This work took me all over Australia, to some of the most remote locations Australia has to offer. After completing my study in Human Resources, I decided a change was necessary. My wife and I decided to move with our beautiful 2-year-old twins to the East Coast of Australia to try our luck in something different.
What made you move from WA to Toowoomba?
We (my wife and I) were after a change of scenery and career. Sometimes you need to completely reinvent yourselves to see the world with fresh eyes and welcome new beginnings and new opportunities. So here we are!
How are you enjoying your role as a Blue Collar Consultant at HB so far?
I originally thought it was a simple role, however, my view of Recruitment Consultants has been completely remoulded with a newfound appreciation for the industry. I enjoy the ups and downs of the role and learning new skills. I’ve learnt that no matter who you talk to, whether it be high profile business owners or regular Mums and Dads, we’re all human and the most important aspect when dealing with people is, seek first to understand before you are understood – The wise words of Dr Stephen Covey.
What’s something that you’re looking forward to this year?
I’m really looking forward to business (or the world in general) to boom again so I can really put myself out there and challenge myself. I crave growth and a learning environment (something I didn’t appreciate as a kid) and I really want to set an example for my kids as they grow up. I’d like them to see that you don’t need to accept the way things are. That the power of positive and conscious decision making can completely reshape your life’s direction, if you choose so.
If you didn’t have to work, what would you do with your time?
Strangely enough, if I didn’t have to work I’d put myself to work in an environment where I can teach young kids aged 8 to 18 life skills which would help them throughout the rest of their lives.
Where will you be in 3 years?
Hopefully in Toowoomba with a few acres of our own and holding the title of Toowoomba’s leading Blue Collar Consultant.