Preparing yourself for a new FIFO position
Have you just been offered a new career within the remote services industry? Are you looking to enter the remote services industry but not sure what to expect? Well, as long term experts in caring for our FIFO employees, Cater Care’s Group Human Resources Manager Peta McDonnell offers some great advice to you…
“Working in the remote services industry is challenging yet rewarding. The opportunity to fly in and fly out of a remote location can lead to a fantastic career, full of opportunity and experience that will last a lifetime. To make sure you gain the greatest advantage from your new position make sure you are aware of the following…”
- When working in a remote site village, Cater Care will provide you with three fully prepared, well balanced, healthy meals a day to enable you to remain active throughout your workday. These meals are provided free of charge, enabling you to save on your food costs!
- When living and working in a remote village, you will be provided with your own single persons accommodation quarters which will become your home away from home. Your room will be serviced at least once a week and refreshed with clean linen, towels and basic toiletries.
- Remote site wages are often higher than those of similar roles in urban areas. This is due to the remoteness of the location and the fact that you are unable to return to your urban home after your shift. This can enable you to set yourself up financially in life, by saving for house deposits and investments.
- More and more often remote site villages are becoming great places to live. Companies are investing significant resources into ensuring a healthy lifestyle is available to all employees and that includes you! Many villages have recreational rooms, gymnasiums, Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinators, sports fields / courts and social clubs.
- When working remotely, often you may have to leave your partner, wife, children or family for prolonged periods of time. Often for 2 to 4 weeks dependant on the role you have been offered. This distance and separation can have a an affect on relationships and new employees should consider this before applying for remote based roles.
- Remote sites are exactly that, Remote! Often remote means hot, very, very hot. In parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees, meaning there is added stress on employees physical capabilities. As many roles on a remote site village require employees to spend a period of their day outside, you must be prepared. Cater Care will ensure you have all of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and water to remain safe and healthy on site.
- Remote villages can be many kilometres and hours away from standard urban services like banks, post offices, shopping centres and pharmacies. Usually what you take out with you will need to last you for the period of your roster, however most villages will have a small retail section to purchase personal effects.