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Meet Michaela Gill: combining a love for travel and creating a positive impact with a career in international development

Tell us a little about yourself and your career to date.

I am Michaela Gill. I am in the third year of my Bachelor of International Development degree, minoring in Politics and International Relations at the University of Adelaide.

I was born and raised in the Clare Valley and am a passionate traveller. In my spare time, you’ll find me travelling around the countryside in my converted Toyota HiAce or daydreaming about my next adventure. I worked briefly in the UK bartending and waitressing and explored Europe before working at Specsavers throughout my studies.

I decided a career in international development was for me when I learnt that it was possible to incorporate my love for travel and culture into a career that makes a positive impact on the world.

Before joining Tetra Tech International Development as a Program Management Graduate in September, I participated in a 3-week internship through the University of Adelaide where I got to work with Keith and Elin in the Partnership space. Everyone was super helpful and excited to help us learn and grow, it was an honour to be a part of such an incredible and supportive group of people. During my induction, I gained an understanding of how dispersed the company is globally. I find it amazing how streamlined the company is despite all the different time zones employees work in.

In your new role, how are you hoping to create a positive impact?

I hope that I can add valuable contributions to the great work Tetra Tech already does in the Indo-Pacific region. Being a part of change will make a positive impact, no matter how small. I am a big believer in leaving the world better than how you found it and hope within my lifetime I can be a part of a project or movement that will help change the world.

Why did you choose to work with Tetra Tech?

I really enjoyed being a part of the Tetra Tech team during my internship. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and I feel incredibly lucky to have a job within the international development world whilst still completing my studies. The work culture here is very inclusive and everyone has your back.

MICHAELA GILL

Graduate, Program Management


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