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Success Story: Taisharn


Taisharn came to us fresh out of school at the age of 18 years old. She was working three casual jobs in the hospitality and retail industries. Looking for something full-time with better job security she skeptically applied for the position of Trainee Laboratory Technician we were advertising for a new client, OCTIEF.


OCTIEF are an environmental consulting group offering a diverse range of hazardous material, environmental, occupational and laboratory services. They came to IE Project due to our reputation as a leading Indigenous specialist recruitment agency in the Northern Territory. With their Head Office based in Brisbane they were unsure where to start in sourcing a suitable trainee to join their Darwin team.


Taisharn came across as very well-spoken, mature and professional with great potential for learning new things and a fantastic work ethic. As expected her interview went very well and although she had no previous experience she was offered the position and started straight away.


She has been in the role for almost 12 months going from strength to strength. She has completed on-the-job training and attended formal studies in other states. She is now signed off to examine house materials (including asbestos) on her own and is in the process of learning soil samples. She can also assist in the field with collection, as well as air monitoring.


A self-motivator, Taisharn works very independently in a small team, where the other staff are on the road most of the time obtaining samples for her to run subsequent tests on. She finds her job very interesting and although she admits she didn’t understand half of the words in her job description and “had to read six very big books before she could pick up a microscope” she spends most of her day extracting fibres and analysing particles in the laboratory and completing reports for clients.


Exposure to a laboratory environment has been eye-opening for Taisharn and her career aspiration is to continue in this field and complete further studies to be able to work in a medical environment and examine other specimens. She is incredibly grateful and modest in regards to her success and how far she has come since we met less than a year ago. It has been a pleasure watching her journey and we wish her all the best!

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