Awards Recognition Fuels Management Progression

An outstanding young Gladstone manager has progressed in her career thanks to encouragement and inspiration received through her participation in the Management Excellence Awards.

Carli Hobbs, a Gladstone Finalist in the 2010 Young Manager of the Year category of the Management Excellence Awards, was recently appointed to General Manager of the Gladstone Engineering Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation strengthening Gladstone business in the Coal, LNG, Nickel and Steel industries.

Prior to this and during the Awards, Ms Hobbs was the Marketing and Promotions Manager for Prime Radio, Central Queensland.

Ms Hobbs said that the Awards process provided her with a career-inspiring experience.

"After completing the shortlist interview process for the Awards, my AIM mentor contacted me and suggested that I had been identified as having a great deal of potential. I was encouraged to "go for it" and believed that I was capable of achieving anything that I put my mind to. This gave me the confidence to take the next step in seeking opportunities to further my career in management," Ms Hobbs said.

"I found that participating in the Management Excellence Awards compels you to think back on what you've achieved, who you've spoken to and networked with as well as focus on new goals. My involvement in the award process was a huge stepping stone in realising what I'm capable of and where I could be.

"The Awards definitely helped me in taking a step up as a manager as it gave me an appreciation of what I do and instilled a lifelong learning approach to keep me focused on development," Ms Hobbs said.

Ms Hobbs also said that she was grateful to those who nominated her for setting her on the Management Excellence Awards journey.

"I was nominated by a local business, Talk of the Town Picture Framing, who were clients of Prime Radio, Gladstone. They were looking for some further advice on marketing their business so I helped them put together a marketing plan," Ms Hobbs explained.

"As these clients went to the trouble of nominating me, I felt I would be letting both them and myself down if I didn't act and lodge an application for the Awards. Opportunities like the awards do not come up all the time and it was certainly an honour to be nominated," she said.

After completing a degree in Media and Communications at the Queensland University of Technology, Ms Hobbs worked at the Gladstone Observer as a news reporter. Her work ethic and can-do attitude saw her rise to Acting Sports Editor for a brief period, before she took up a position as Marketing and Promotions Manager at Prime Radio.

While at the radio station, Ms Hobbs worked with the management team on the station's rebrand and was responsible for expanding the station's community involvement to actively support 14 major local events.

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