60 seconds with...Laura Turner

by Adrenalin
10 May 2017
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60 seconds with...Laura Turner

What was your first ever job?

Shop assistant at my dad’s friends Pool and Spa shop. I worked every Saturday morning for four years, testing swimming pool and spa water, collaborating the results, and providing product recommendations to ensure customers’ pool water was up to the perfect bathing conditions. I didn’t have a lab coat, but it would have suited the job perfectly!


Who is your professional hero?

I’m constantly inspired by people who fearlessly chase their dreams. On a local scale, I think Maz Valcorza, creator of a beautiful group of cafes in Sydney is someone to look up to. She’s worn a variety of hats, and has chopped and changed her career, arriving at something she’s endlessly passionate about.


What is your proudest moment?

One of my proudest moments was coming first in our heat at the rowing nationals at high school. Our boat was nicknamed ‘The Castle’ and was an ancient wooden beast – weighing in at least twice as much as our competitors boats. Four girls (and two grown men) buckled at the knees to get the boat in the water, but despite all odds, we absolutely smashed the raced and took out first place, boat lengths ahead. Our coach cried. Nailed it!


What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Travel your own journey – nothing great ever came out of cookie cutting!


Who is your favourite person/brand to follow on social?

Tourism accounts – a great dose of inspiration, and with such a broad range of content they never get boring. My favourites are Pure NZ (obviously!) and Tourism Australia these accounts have so much personality and the content is beautiful!


If you took a sabbatical what would you do?

Go tramping (aka. hiking). There’s nothing better than being in the wilderness with the bare essentials,

carrying your life on your back and exploring untouched nature


What’s your favourite app/gadget?

At the moment, it’s my fitbit! I’m obsessed with reaching my daily goal of 10,000 steps.


What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever said or done in your career?

I participated in an 'undy run'

at the Winter Festival in Queenstown, New Zealand in the middle of winter. Immediately after the race in icy cold temperatures (perhaps 3 degrees at most), standing in my undies, a group of people came and introduced themselves to me as associates that I’d been collaborating on a work project with via email. Great first impression...?!


What’s your favourite game?

I have too many favourites to count. However my latest favourite is the card game, Euchre – an oldie but a goodie!


What do you love most about your job?

Working in digital means that there are always new things to discover and learn. And working with experts in the field offers great opportunities to expand my knowledge and skillset. The fruit bowl is pretty good too.


What is something you don’t think your colleagues know about you?

I can touch my toes to my head.

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