Esiteri’s passion for people

Fiji Roads Authority human resources officer Esiteri Vaubula. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Fiji Roads Authority human resources officer Esiteri Vaubula. Picture: SUPPLIED.

ESITERI Vaubula had a dream of becoming a schoolteacher after completing high school, but later she realise she had a different calling in life.

Today Esiteri is one of the youngest members of the Fiji Roads Authority human resources team and she has never regretted the decision she made.

Esiteri who is from Vatoa in Lau, is a human resource officer providing a wide range of service to staff and to the organisation from contract management, performance management, industrial relations, career planning and upskilling.

“I always wanted to become a teacher after completing high school. First year into university life I did my Bachelor of Science with majors in Biology and Chemistry and then I decided that I wanted to do something different and to learn something new,” she said.

“It was then I was introduced to Management and Human Resources and I did my Bachelor of Commerce and I’ve never looked back since.

“I can say that both my courses on management and HR are very interesting in terms getting to know on how to manage people in the organisations, different management styles and when to apply one when there is a need to do so.

“I started my career in 2015 as an HR attaché learning the ropes soon after leaving USP I was fortunate enough to get a HR assistant job in 2016 at the authority which I had applied and now I hold a HR officer role.”

She said, what she loves the most about her work is the fact that she loves to make new staff feel welcome when they start work.

“I love to help people and a lot of people come to us with work and personal issues and we love that we can talk to them about it. We feel like life coach giving our staff advice,” she said.

“HR does not only involve writing reports, attending meetings, maintaining and updating HR filing system, it also involves organising and conducting training, interviewing and other related activities”

She said some of the main reasons behind her success were having a good work habit, having a positive attitude and trusting people more.

“I am very passionate about my work and what I do and I would like to see people change for the good and I want to be a person that brings about change to a person’s life,” she said.

“I have a very supporting family who are supportive of my career and they’re always there during the good and bad times.

“Nothing is impossible if we believe in ourselves and we work towards in achieving our goals and I have a baby girl who is only six months old.”

She said she had bigger dreams too like pursuing her studies in Psychology which she did a few units on while at USP as her electives.

“I personally think that psychology will be very helpful in what I do every day not only at work but also at home with my family,” she said.