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Award winner has advice to share

Dubbo City Council director community services David Dwyer, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre manager Linda Christof and NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole at the 2016 NSW Women in Local Government Awards Ceremony. Photo: CONTRIBUTEDThere are three pieces of advice Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) manager Linda Christof has for women looking to advance their careers.
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“I want to encourage women to take every opportunity to further their qualifications or training, to connect with established professional networks and, if need be, seek out a professional coach,” she said.

Ms Christof recently received a Highly Commended Award at the 2016 NSW Women in Local Government Ceremony.

Her career with Dubbo City Council started in 2000 as an administrative assistant at the Dubbo Regional Gallery and 16 years later she’s still working for local government.

“When I graduated, which was in the 80s mind you, I was told not to stay in the same job for more than two years if you wanted to progress in your career and that’s stuck in my mind,” Ms Christof said.

“Technically I’ve never been in the same job for two years, I’ve just stayed with the same organisation.”

In the last 20 years Ms Christof said she had definitely noticed more opportunities for women to progress up the career ladder, but found in her own experience it was personal obstacles that prevented it.

“I realised a few years ago that I was sabotaging my career and it was through professional coaching that I realised the biggest obstacle that I had was a lack of belief in myself,” she said.

Despite believing she wasn’t qualified enough, Ms Christof said she applied for, and was offered, a theatre manager position in Port Macquarie. However, she turned it down.

“It was certainly a confidence boost and it showed where I stood in the marketplace outside my community,” Ms Christof said.

“I was very fortunate that position became available [in Dubbo]. It was a risk, but it was a risk I was prepared to take because I wanted to work in regional NSW.”

Ms Christof said working for council ensured she was constantly building on her corporate knowledge, which was great for any person with a career at Dubbo City Council.

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