Store UR Stuff Staff Profile – Daniel

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Hi my name is Daniel and I am one of the staff members at Store UR Stuff.

I never thought I would end up working in storage, however things never go as you expect them too.

After finishing my education at Brighton Secondary School I was looking for employment for quite a while. Not knowing what I wanted to do for the rest of my working life,I ended up securing a job at Subway. I had applied for several trainee-ships during this time with not much response.  One that I applied for was with HIT for a potential Administration Trainee-ship and to my surprise I received a call to let me know I had to attained a job interview.

Unfortunately I was unsuccessful in that venture due to location and distance from where I live.

Later that month I received an email asking me if I was still interested in the Administration Trainee-ship, they had a temporary position available for 2 weeks. The company was called The Saturno Group who own and run 8 hotels and 4 “Booze Brothers” bottleshops. The position was for an Administration Assistant and working with the POS system for the hotels and bottleshops from their head office.

I decided the opportunity was too good to pass up and started working there shortly after. Before the 2 weeks had finished, I was asked if I was available the following week to help out.

While I was working there, there were whispers that The Saturno Group were expanding and had started developing plans of converting their warehouse that they no longer used into a self storage facility.

Just before construction was completed I was offered a full time job with the company and offered the opportunity to work out in the storage facility now known as Store UR Stuff. I accepted the offer almost immediately.

I didn’t realise just how big the self storage industry was world wide, as well as in Australia, until I became a member of the industry myself.

As you can see, a month before I joined the Store UR Stuff team I had no idea things would end up how they have, however, one thing I can is say that I am glad
things have ended up the way they have because it has been a fun and eventful ride from the very start!

Store UR Stuff Staff Profile – Jodie

Jodie

 Photograph depicted may not be a true representation of Store UR Stuff staff. Actual appearance may vary.

Hi my name is Jodie and I am the Manager at Store UR Stuff.

Whilst on maternity leave last year, I received a phone call asking me if I was interested in a new challenge and a new career opportunity. Not knowing much about the storage industry, I thought that a fresh start into the workforce after being away for 12 months was something that I really needed to get my baby brain back into gear.

Coming from a strong customer service background, most of my previous employment was in the travel and hospitality industry, I figured that selling empty space was similar to selling an empty hotel room; the only difference being instead of people occupying the space, there was going to be people’s stuff occupying the space. With that in mind along with a need for a challenge, I took on the role.

I was very fortunate to see our facility grow right before my eyes. When I left to go on leave, the warehouse on the premise was being used as a liquor distribution warehouse, and by the time I got back, the concrete had set and a new roof installed and left was a blank canvas to fill. Whilst I was busy learning about the industry, talking to our competitors and also experts in the industry, the Self Storage Association of Australia, the construction of the units in the warehouse took no time to complete. Once completed, I was left with 112 ground floor self storage units to fill – and thus the challenge began.

I have learnt a lot in my role since taking it on and learnt so much more about the industry. To be honest, it is not a career path that I would actively pursue, but it has definitely been an interesting and rewarding path. There are so many reasons why people need storage and each customer has their own story to tell, and it is this interaction that I enjoy the most. Now that I am in the industry, it is going to be a while before I consider leaving. As the industry grows and expands, I hope that my knowledge and expertise can grow along with it.