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Catherine O'Connell made the move up north to Darwin and encouraged those seeking job opportunities and a unique lifestyle to consider the same.
Catherine O'Connell made the move up north to Darwin and encouraged those seeking job opportunities and a unique lifestyle to consider the same.

The Australian city with 1000 jobs waiting to be filled

WEIGHING up her list of pros and cons, there was a clear winner in the positive camp.

A move to the Northern Territory promised a great job opportunity, a relaxed lifestyle with an endless summer, friendly people and quality services.

That's all Catherine O'Connell needed to convince her a move up north with her husband Dan was the next adventure for them.

Stepping into her new role as the senior director of operations at the Palmerston Regional Hospital in January this year, a state-of-the-art facility to open in July, Mrs O'Connell had nothing but glowing reports about her first month on the job.

"It's not often you get to be part of something as exciting as the start of a brand-new facility which will have such a fantastic outcome for the region," she said.

She will lead the clinical and support teams at the new facility and be the link between Palmerston and Darwin hospitals.

With 30 years' experience working as a clinical and operational leader across acute and sub-acute hospital in New South Wales and Victoria, Mrs O'Connell's career may be the driving force behind the move, but the perks are what will make the NT her home.

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The Palmerston Regional Hospital site.

"It absolutely suits our lifestyle and we are regional people so while this is a larger city than what we're used to, it does have that sense of a small regional town and the people are very welcoming," she said.

With hubby Dan back in Albury packing up their lives into boxes, Mrs O'Connell said they hoped to settle in the region in the coming weeks.

"He is without a doubt so excited about the move," she said.

"We had both never been to Darwin before, but we'd only heard great feedback from a lot of people who had lived here so we were sold from the beginning.

"Once Dan gets here we'll look to buy a property and really cement ourselves here."

Her move north comes as the Northern Territory Government launches a recruitment drive to fill 1000 roles across multiple industries including 300 for the new Palmerston Regional Hospital.

Catherine O'Connell made the decision to move to the NT for a job opportunity, and she says there is plenty more of that to go around for jobseekers and those looking to further their careers,
Catherine O'Connell made the decision to move to the NT for a job opportunity, and she says there is plenty more of that to go around for jobseekers and those looking to further their careers, Regis Martin

As someone who has taken the plunge, Mrs O'Connell had some advice for those considering doing the same. 

"There really are fantastic job opportunities and the ability to progress your career where you perhaps wouldn't in other cities," she said.

"There is so much variety on offer and they'll find earlier opportunities in their career with a lot of support to help grab them.

"And from what I hear the schools are high quality so it's not just the work opportunities, but for families too."

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