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What made you apply for the role as a Porter at GSTT?
I’ve always enjoyed challenges, it’s a physically demanding job and I’m proud to say that I work for the NHS and it’s also nice to bring some diversity to the team, being the only female porter.
How are you finding the job and the daily challenges?
It’s a satisfying job! I get a sense of achievement when I’ve seen an area all nice and tidy.
How do you find the public with you?
They are very supportive, which surprises me given the work we do. They make me feel inclusive within the NHS family, especially when I get comments saying “Someone like you shouldn’t be doing this job, well done you!”
What made you choose waste over something like housekeeping?
I do enough housekeeping at home! I felt like this was a new challenge for me and also broke certain stereotypes associated with waste. I think because it’s a physical role, females might think that this kind of job isn’t for them. But I really enjoy it and it’s not as hard as people make out. I used to be a waste operative on the bins and I done really well. I was the only female there and I was proud to break that stereotype.
I feel that a mix of genders helps with productivity, shows we are diverse and can work as one big family.
If you could pick one thing, what is your favourite part of the job?
The physical side! It saves me having to go to the gym and I get paid to be active!
Least favourite part of the job?
Contaminated bins! I try to ensure the right waste is in the right containers and help promote recycling. We all need to do our bit to help push our sustainability further and increasing our recycling and less to landfill is much better.
Do you feel like an inspiration to other females?
Yes! I’m proud of my job, I hope I can be proof to break barriers and stereotypes. I hope to inspire more females to join the team!