Published on 26 October 2012
A 28-year-old University of the Sunshine Coast graduate and tutor who was a finalist in this month’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards is looking forward to another inspiring year in 2013.
Frances Martin, who has been a career achiever since she started work in property management at Mooloolaba as a teenager, said she thrived off professional and personal challenges.
The Buddina resident, who graduated from USC last year, had studied full-time for her Bachelor of Property Economics and Development while working full-time at Sunshine Coast Council.
At USC, she won multiple awards including three academic prizes at the Faculty of Business Awards in 2011 and a prestigious Faculty Medal at Graduation for an outstanding grade point average of 6.6 out of 7.
At the Council during her studies, she worked her way up from facility officer to senior facility officer to her current role as team leader of asset management in the Building and Facility Services Branch. This role oversees the management of about $400 million of council building and facility assets.
She was proud of her success in developing and managing the introduction of new policies and processes for the workspace accommodation of about 2,800 council staff after three councils merged into one in 2008.
“The 2012 Telstra awards have been great because they encouraged me to reflect on my achievements, leadership style and work behaviours,” said Ms Martin, who was delighted to be nominated by her staff.
She was one of five finalists from Queensland in the Marie Claire Young Business Women’s Award category, eventually won by the Brisbane CEO of Sentis, a global company with 90 staff.
Ms Martin, who walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in August, said she was again enjoying USC, this time as a tutor in Property Economics.
“I enjoyed my USC degree so much. The Faculty staff were so approachable and had extensive industry experience and contemporary knowledge,” she said.
“It was more than a textbook experience and you really need those practical applications in the property industry. That’s what I try to bring to my tutorials.”
— Julie Schomberg