From McDonalds to Yolŋu Radio: New employee shakes it up
New ARDS employee Michael Hunter has gone from flipping burgers at McDonalds and landscape gardening to his dream job in radio production.
After years of working outdoors as a landscape gardener, Michael was looking forward to a change of scenery when he moved to Nhulunbuy earlier this year. He signed up to an employment bridging course in February and was assigned to ARDS, which turned out to be a perfect fit.
Yolŋu Radio production manager Andrew Grimes quickly set Michael to work, recording and editing programs, and setting up and running the sound and lighting equipment at festivals. As an Aboriginal man, Michael is also able to gain the trust of elders when visiting communities to record traditional knowledge, and has turned out to be a natural with an eye on a long term career in the radio industry.
“I want to work here as long as I can, building my skills and experience before looking for other jobs in radio production or as a sound and lighting technician for festivals,” Michael said.
“ARDS has helped me succeed in life. For the first time, I’m enjoying my work and I wake up in the morning looking forward to coming to work.”
Photo: Michael at the production desk in Yolŋu Radio’s Nhulunbuy studio.