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Career journeys: Didi Magtuto is making a positive difference for future generations

People find amazing jobs on EthicalJobs.com.au every day. This is part of a series of articles that go behind the scenes to meet some of the people and organisations finding each other through EthicalJobs.com.au. 

Today’s story is from Didi Magtuto, who found her role as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Port Phillip EcoCentre on EthicalJobs.com.au.

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group, providing a base for affiliate groups involved in activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action.

Starting out with work

My first paid job was working at the Department of Finance in WA, as a Revenue Officer. My days were spent handling a lot of angry client calls – it wasn’t really my cup of tea, but I have so much respect for those who are able to handle such roles.

I graduated with a triple major in Philosophy, Anthropology and Media Communications from the University of Western Australia. When I moved to Melbourne, I did more study and completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement (UniMelb) and am now doing a Diploma in Sustainable Living at UniTas.

I’ve always been a believer that you should study topics that pique your curiosity and you’ll be more likely to attract your desired career path, relating to your fields of interest; luckily this has worked out for me so far!

I’ve helped coordinate events and festivals, and then moved towards working within advertising and digital marketing agencies. I started as an accounts executive and then shifted towards content creation, specifically email marketing and social media. After leaving the agency life, I wanted to exclusively use my skills to help B Corps and non-profits. Luckily, I was able to make that pivot by working with The School of Life and helping them to update their website and their event booking system.

Working at the Port Phillip EcoCentre

The Port Phillip EcoCentre runs education, community and volunteer programs that connect and inspire people to care for land, water, wildlife and community wellbeing. We’re a team of scientists, educators and volunteers who come together to fight the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and plastic waste. We achieve a lot, given how small we are – our team is only 7 FTE! As such, our volunteers are the heart and soul of everything we do.

As a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, I work alongside our Executive Officer and our different teams (education, community, Baykeeper) to brainstorm content and strategy to connect with our community, and highlight all of their hard work, via our digital platforms – mainly our social media and general newsletters.

The best part of my job is that I get to work with such a knowledgeable group of experts and learn so many new things about Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. The most rewarding thing about my job is knowing that our work in safeguarding our Bay, waterways and urban biodiversity is something that will make a positive difference for future generations.

Working for a better world

I’ve been using EthicalJobs.com.au for years! I think I first came across it when I was applying for a particular role within the nonprofit sector when I was back in Perth.

What attracted me mostly about the Marketing and Communications Coordinator role at Port Phillip EcoCentre, when I saw the ad on EthicalJobs.com.au, is how the organisation was doing meaningful work and in alignment with my personal values. Working with the Port Phillip EcoCentre would help me flourish my digital design/communications skills, while also giving me the chance to help in safeguarding Melbourne’s ecosystems and urban biodiversity.

Honestly, from my experience, the culture of not-for-profits is second to none. The people I get to work with are some of the most kind, talented and compassionate people I’ve ever met. While you wear more hats when you work at a non-profit organisation, it means that you learn new skills and gain more experience and independence much more quickly than in most corporate settings.

Volunteer – get out of your comfort zone – and meet new people that you connect with. Be a kind person and try to exceed expectations in whatever challenge is placed in front of you; you’ll attract the right people and career opportunities if you do! 

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