Meagan Holmes, Community Development Manager
I remember someone coming to present about working at a local authority when I was doing my undergraduate degree, and thinking, 'I'd never want to work for a council'. But when I arrived here, I was surprised and impressed by the breadth of what councils are responsible for.
I started with council as a communications advisor, moved to manage Project Tauranga, and then to my current role when the Community Development team was created. My team builds capacity and resilience in communities - not just geographic communities, but communities of interest like the migrant community, older people, and people with disabilities.
With an organisation like council, the career possibilities are almost infinite. If you want to move your career forward and you're prepared to work hard and invest in your own development, then there are many opportunities to move within the organisation.