Meet our staff: Svitlana Golego

6 June 2013

Meet Svitlana Golego, Human Resource Officer in HR. Svitlana may look familiar to you because she was the 'face of the intranet' when it was first launched April. She took part in our March staff photo shoot along with many other staff members from a variety of divisions.

What is your role at the University and what does it entail?

I'm working as a HR Officer in Human Resources and my role entails preparing employment contracts and dealing with various enquiries from University staff regarding their employment and pay. I joined the University in 2006, a month after I arrived in Australia.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy interacting with a great variety of people from all walks of life and helping them with any questions they might have regarding their job at the University. I also enjoy the great working environment at the University which helps to maintain a work/life balance and provides opportunities to participate in many interesting events and studies.

Where is your favourite place on earth?

I like to travel and the more places I visit the more difficult it becomes to say what is my favourite one. I've been to more than 35 countries and each one of them has something unique and unforgettable, whether it is nature, people or history. Beautiful landscapes in South America or warm hospitality in Middle East or picturesque sunsets over islands in the Indian Ocean - I find them all very exciting. My favourite place on earth is changes every time I plan my new trip - it is the one I haven't been to yet.

What's the one thing about you that would surprise people who have just met you?

Perhaps it is the fact that I have 3 citizenships. My family is in Ukraine and that is where I was born. I immigratedto Canada and lived there for nearly 12 years. Then I decided to follow my childhood dream and come to live in Australia. I became an Australian citizen in 2012. I am very lucky to be here and enjoy the weather and lifestyle.

What's been your greatest achievement?

I think there are a few but the most recent one is the Bikram yoga 30-day-challenge! I completed it last year by doing 30 classes in 30 days. Each classtakes 90 minutes and the room is heated to 40 degrees . It was an amazing experience to push past my perceived limitations, "can't do" or "this is too hard" attitude. It let me step out of my comfort zone and see what I could achieve if I stay focused. It's not every day you feel like doing a workout for 90 minutes in a hot room but if you focus on the end result it becomes much easier to overcome the challenges. It's a great way of self-improvement with a bonus feeling of amazing vitality.

Tell us about the best meal you've ever had.

Organic and ayurvedic meals in Bali! They all tasted great and made me feel fabulous!