Meet our New Aussie Team Members

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10/8/2022

Meet our New Aussie Team Members

As part of people week at Spatial Media, we caught up with three of our newest Aussie recruits to learn a little more about their roles, remote working and being part of a team spanning the globe. From Bendigo (the centre of Victoria) to the breathtaking NSW Blue Mountains to the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Mike, Nicole and Jakob tell us what it’s like to be part of a growing organisation and how their typical day pans out.If you are inspired to be part of our future, check out our career opportunities where we are currently recruiting Visualisers, Designers and Developers to be part of our exciting future.

Mike Atkinson

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Where are you based?

I've just moved to Sydney within the last 12 months. I've been enjoying getting to know my way around and discovering what Sydney has to offer. Each area has something new and exciting.

How have you enjoyed life at Spatial Media?

It's been great. I hit the ground running and jumped right into working on things. I've learnt so much since I joined Spatial Media, and there is a lot of room to grow.

What excites you about your role with Spatial Media?

It's great to work for a company that's ready to change things up and try new things. There is always something fresh and exciting around the corner. It's exciting to be part of the process and share in the achievement of each project.

How do you find working remotely?

I find being able to work in your own space gives you the headspace to think creatively. The flexibility is also unreal. Work/life balance is so much easier when you can skip the commute. Working remote also means it's super awesome when we do meet up and get everyone together!

What is it like to work for a global organisation?

I love working in international environments, it's great to get diversity in opinions, cultures, and attitudes. With people all over the world, there is always someone working at any time of day, it really keeps the momentum up and things rolling over.

What does a typical day look like at Spatial Media?

I don't think there is such a thing as a typical day at Spatial! Everyone has different needs, and things change from day to day. Everyone strikes a balance between their work, and whatever may be going on in their personal life. It's all about communication, setting our priorities, and managing our energy.

Jakob J

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Where are you based?

I am based in a small town outside Sydney Called Leura. Situated in the Blue Mountains NSW just about 1100 meters over sea level!

What’s the best thing about your hometown?

My hometown is in Sweden and did not really enjoy that at all for various reasons, hence my move to Australia! I’ve been living a bit of everywhere in Sydney and my recent move to Leura was to get into the housing market in Australia!

How have you enjoyed life at Spatial Media?

After just finishing my first week, I am very excited to what the future holds!

What excites you about your role with SM?

Being a project and account manager, it is a varied day to day role. I am looking forward to forge powerful connections with our clients and helping them achieve wonderful digital things!

What is it like to work remotely for a global organisation?

Coming from an agency background, I have been working remotely for a long time so it is almost like second nature. While it can provide challenges such as a lack of face to face contact with the wider team and takes longer to forge internal teams, I could not see myself going back to a full time in an office!

What does a typical day look like at Spatial Media?

So far, it has been onboarding and getting used to the sector in which we operate. I have met a few of our clients in NSW and ACT face to face and started to take over the day to day comms! I expect this too change in time as I get more and more clients and this is incredibly exciting!

Nicole Vaughan

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Where are you based?

Bendigo, the centre of Victoria - true fact as of 2001

What’s the best thing about your hometown?

Bendigo is my hometown where I grew up and after more than a decade of inner Melbourne life I’ve returned. The biggest drawcard of Bendigo was an affordable breakthrough to the property market! But also of course, reaping the benefits of living closer to family and still being accessible to my network of friends in Melbourne. Life goes faster than you think so being able to enjoy family time here and balance the quiet with the hustle and bustle is amazing!

What excites you about your role with Spatial Media?

Being in an emerging sector where there is a lot of opportunity for growth is exciting. We’ve only just scratched the surface and the government engagement landscape is shifting (albeit slower than we’d like) in connecting the public to the major investments and future outcomes that will impact our world.

How have you enjoyed life at Spatial Media?

I am enjoying Spatial Media and getting to know everyone internally and building strong client relationships. I’ve ticked over nine months now and learnt a lot.

What is it like to work remotely for a global organisation?

It makes it a lot more interesting having colleagues in different places. I feel there is greater sense of individuality and different perspectives that everyone can bring to the remote workplace in a global setting.

And from a business point of view with the fast-paced nature of our client projects it’s imperative that we can keep things moving quickly so working with global colleagues with different time zones gives us flexibility to meet needs. As a Project Manager we do have the added challenge to always be cognisant of time zones when allocating tasks.

For a global workforce, the company culture must also support the remote workplace in a healthy way. The staff conferences at Spatial Media are important for connections in that regard – and a lot of fun!

Personally, I am also grateful after having worked in corporate office environment for simple perks like working in comfortable attire (no heels in my home office!) and being able to snack whenever with no judgement.

What does a typical day look like at Spatial Media?

In the Project Manager role, there really is no typical day which to me is appealing as I enjoy variety! A day often involves a mix of client meetings and calls, managing accounts, scoping new projects and writing proposals, problem solving and testing, lots of information sharing and communication to make sure everyone is on track and on the same page!