Member Q&A - Joel 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

Joel HodgsonThis month we catch up with Joel Hodgson, Horse Advisor. 

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

Well let's say it was a tad random - then I wasn't sure what I'd have to say.

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

I have just changed jobs to a health-care assistant,  I'll answer the questions according to my previous role as Horse Advisor. 

An average day at work was assisting the people we supported to develop life and equine skills. We supported a range of people with intellectual disabilities. Let’s say there was never a dull day working with people and horses.

What’s the normal response you get when you tell people you’re a Horse Advisor?  

The normal response I get when explaining my role is what do you advise the horses on? LOL.

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

The highlight was a reflecting back and seeing how much the people we support have grown within themselves, and thinking I was a part of that.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

Not always having enough time in the day to get what I wanted done.

What brought you to join the PSA?

It was offered during induction, and my father was a union rep.

Name some things you like about the PSA Youth network

Having other people who are dedicated and believe in what they do.  Networking is great, it gives you the ability to expand your knowledge and contacts.

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?

That we will abolish contracts and hopefully build relationships with the powers that be in our workplaces.

How about when you aren't at work?  What else do you like to do with your time?

Well horses have been a big part of my life and were the reason I moved to Christchurch, so horses are a big part of my life outside of work.  Also spending time with my partner and friends is  just as important.

What are your three favourite foods?

Lollie cake, satay chicken and ummmmmm...yeah that's it!

What are your pet peeves?

Lack of communication and lack of organisation.

What advice would you give your 16year old self?

Mmmmm not sure...16 was when I grew up and stopped doing the stupid things that would of set me down a bad path.