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Five minutes with Fircroft: PNG

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As Fircroft opens a new office in Papua New Guinea, we spoke to newly appointed Country Manager, Suzie Harris, about her experiences of Papua New Guinea, the technical recruitment sector, and her plans for Fircroft PNG.

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to join Fircroft as it expands into PNG?

Born in Victoria, I have spent my life living and working across Australia. My career history spans a varied background from recruitment agency management through to project work. In addition to a period spent in Queensland working with QCLNG/GLNG/Arrow Upstream projects I’d also spent three years working in Liquefied Natural Gas on Esso Highlands Ltd PNG LNG Projects and a period with Exxon. When the opportunity arose to return to PNG, this time with Fircroft, I was very keen to do so.

I’ve not lived in PNG before, simply working there on a FIFO basis in construction camps. This time is different however. I’ll be effectively working and living in PNG as a resident.

What markets will Fircroft PNG operate in?

The great thing about Fircroft is the diversity of markets and clients in which we operate. We will be working with clients from within the Oil & Gas sector, Mining & Minerals, Civil & Infrastructure, IT, Government and the Private Sector.

What is it like to live in PNG?

I fell in love with PNG the first time I worked there so I was keen to return with Fircroft. Living in PNG is challenging yet exciting. As a female PNG can pose some challenges; but ultimately living in PNG is a rewarding experience. It is somewhere where I feel I have been able to make a real difference for those who have worked for me.

What does 2016 hold for Fircroft PNG?

The larger projects in PNG are some of the most commercially viable in the world. Given this, this will be a critical factor in the success of the PNG office. Market diversity will also be crucial so we will be targeting mining, civil infrastructure, government projects and private enterprise. Despite the current wider market issues, PNG is an environment that offers exciting opportunities.

What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone considering relocating to PNG?

Be prepared for the unexpected. PNG is a place that will at times shock, surprise and amaze you. Be open minded but remember where you are. Be cautious, smart and savvy about your personal security, but most of all have fun, it is a truly unique place. 
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