EastCoast HR Group has approached prominent and everyday Sunny Coasters about their careers. Follow our Friday Feature to find out what inspires those around to go to work every day!
Ryan Jeffcoat – Former: Protective Services Officer for the Australian Federal Police and Detective in the New South Wales Police Force. Now: Published Children’s Author of Cranky Pants
Cranky Pants is available online and in print via booktopia.com.au, Angus and Robertson, Wordery and BookDepository.com. It was published by Olympia Publishers London on 25.4.19. Readers can follow #crankypantsbook on Instagram and Facebook.
What was your first job?
My first job was working as a station hand for a Mobil Service Station in Sydney. I worked for about $4.00 per hour, filling up customers cars and checking wiper fluid and a like. I was also tasked with cleaning the toilets and stocking the shelves and fridges. It was a great job as a 14 year old, it was literally across the road from my house. I worked every afternoon from 3:30pm till close at 9:00pm.
Who are the people that have made the biggest difference in your career and why?
First and foremost my father. He instilled work ethic in me from a young age. Taught me that you don’t have to be the best at something as long as you have work ethic and punctuality you will always have a job! Outside of that of that I have been lucky to work with many different people over the years who in one way or another shaped me as a person and my career. Their guidance and advice was invaluable, their friendship and mentorship priceless!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Work hard, engage your brain before your tongue and you will get noticed. Learn from your mistakes and accept constructive criticism.
Think back to five years ago. Did you envision your career as it is today?
No, five years ago I thought I would be a police officer until I retired. I lived and breathed the job. The one thing that I can say is that the man I am today and the direction in which I am heading was unexpected however I am much better for it. I am extremely grateful for the experience’s I have had but very much looking forward to the next phase of my life.
How do you approach work – life balance?
Good question, early on in my career I didn’t. Over the years as after I got married and became a father my priorities changed. Life balance is something you must work really hard at. It takes commitment and a hobby. Find what works for you. Giving your mind a break from the vigour’s of work life is imperative to a balanced life and overall health and happiness!
What is your proudest moment in your career?
Tough question, I had many defining moments and everyday I was a police officer I was incredibly humbled and proud to serve my state. However, if I had to pin point one moment it was the day I was awarded my designation as a Detective. Rich traditions run through the veins of the criminal investigation branch. Earning my designation after years of hard work and being etched in that history would be my proudest moment.