How DOC and Hannah access success

Hannah Shepherd in the DOC officeHannah Shepherd completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology and minoring in Environmental Society at Otago University in 2016, and moved to Christchurch in November of that year to start a Be. Employed internship with the Planning, Monitoring and Reporting team at the Department of Conservation. After completing her internship in March 2017, the Be. Employed team were delighted to then work with Hannah and DOC to secure an exciting new full-time role for her.

Her appointment is an amazing opportunity to further be involved in conservation work, and involves sample processing and fieldwork on Anchor Island, in the Dusky Sound, Fiordland.

What unique qualities do you bring to a role as a result of your access need?

I think my "uniqueness" allows me to have such an overall positive attitude. I know how lucky I am to be here, so I take every opportunity I get and never take it for granted. Because of who I am, I’ve always had to work slightly harder to get good results and I believe it’s made me develop a good work ethic. I think it allows me to be more accepting of unique people and places.

How was the experience of your internship valuable when going into your current role?

Being a team player is vital in every job, as well working with people is essential. Looking out for team members and team members caring for you back, can aid in a positive sense of wellbeing. Work places are much better environments with a sense of team spirit as well as when positive mental and physical wellbeing is present. Being able to accept new ideas is also important, as change will always occur and I will need to adapt.

The biggest part the Be. Employed internship has played in my future, is allowing me to be noticed. Often people like myself will be overlooked because other people look better on paper. I’m so thankful I got a chance to get my foot in the door and be noticed. I really value the work that DOC does and I’ve got all my fingers crossed I can stay within the organisation and continue it. If that unfortunately doesn’t happen, then I’ve gained an idea of what I want to do in the future and what career paths are available. And I’ve also gained some awesome experience which will help if I head in another direction.

Most of all, this internship and DOC as an organisation have given me so much confidence as a young woman in the work force.