Member Q&A - Erin Hodgson


Each month we talk to a PSA Youth member and find out about their work and passions.

If you want to be involved in this feature let us know at psay@psa.org.nz

Erin HodgsonThis month we profile Work and Income Case Manager, and Lower South Island Regional PSA Youth convenor.

What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?

I'm actually really not that interesting.

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?

I'm a Work and Income Case Manager, so pretty much every day is different.  Today I saw 9 clients, and they varied from benefit applications to assistance with food and lots in between.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

Definitely the weekends!!  Don't put that in though!

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?

I joined the PSA when I started with MSD 5 years ago, and joined the Youth Network after I saw some info about it on the website.  Mostly I joined for the benefits of our collective agreement at work

Name some things you like about the PSA Youth network:

All the awesome people I have met and the experiences offered.  Milkshake lollies.  Training opportunities. Conference.  The opportunity to help some younger people progress in their careers and to gain as much from others as I give.

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?

To grow in strength and voice and lead the Public Service forward.  So many of the leaders in the Public Service are old school thinkers and don't recognise what youth bring to the game... But ultimately we are the future of the Public Service, and it could be so much better and stronger with more forward thinking and the endless benefits of strong youth leadership.

How about when you aren't at work? 

What else do you like to do with your time? I spend as much time as I can with my wife and son.  I also study part time, and in whatever little time I have left, I am either renovating our caravan, fishing, cooking or in the garden.

What are your three loves?

My wife, my son and music.

What are your three pet peeves? 

I have WAY more than 3 pet peeves. To single just 3 out would be unfair.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Work hard, play harder and be good to your friends.  And don't be afraid to be yourself, cos one day, someone special will love you with all they have just cos you're you.