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Suburban Train Driver

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

How did you get to where you are today?

After leaving school in year 12, I won a position as clerical trainee at the Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. The CEO offered me a fulltime ongoing role as an Administrative Officer and I stayed there for 11 years.  

When I moved to Adelaide I worked at Flinders Medical Centre and later took a role within Public Transport Services.

During this time, one of my best friends had become a train driver and encouraged me to apply. I was successful and had to decide to stay in administrative roles or change career totally. I took the plunge at 36 years old and changed careers and have been a train driver for the past five years.

What does an average day look like?

Each day is different for me being shift work. I start at varying times usually doing one week of early shifts and one week of mid/afternoon shifts. Working from the Dry Creek depot, my day can start as early as 2.50am or finish at 2.45am. I drive trains on all lines so on any given day I can be going to Seaford, Belair, Grange, Outer Harbor or Gawler. Sometimes I am required to prepare trains ready for service so this means starting them up and performing critical checks / tests to ensure the train is fit for service. Passenger safety is paramount.

What do you love about your job?

I love that no day is the same as the day before and that although I predominantly am on my own whilst driving, I still can chat to fellow colleagues (and friends) when not driving. I sort of get the best of both worlds really.

Why do you do what you do?

I have always been taught by my parents and grandparents to get a job and do your best at all times. I do enjoy helping people but I also take pride in my work. I like knowing that I help people get to their destination.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

Working in the public sector has enabled me not only to move between different departments but to meet lots of interesting people and gain skills in many different areas. I have had the opportunity to work continuously in government departments for the past 23 + years without losing any accrued entitlements.

Having an understanding of how other departments work also enables me to see the bigger picture of the organisation. I have made some lifelong friendships whilst working within the government.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I like that it is not always busy and has more of a laid back approach to everything. The climate and relaxed attitude that Adelaide offers suits my personality and lifestyle.