Member Q&A - Amelia Smith


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

AmeliaSmithThis month we talk to Amelia Smith from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), Wellington

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

Feeling very special!

What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?
I am an analyst at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Our more well-known activities are the home insulation scheme and the ads on TV that tell you how to save energy in your home. We also run other energy efficiency programmes across the business, residential and transport sectors.  I do a lot of data analysis but also help out with strategy, business cases, performance measurement and occasionally providing technical advice.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?
Lots of super geeky, boring things like pulling together a cool evaluation plan, but generally the diversity of work I have been involved in over the past few months has been awesome. I’m happy if I’m learning new things.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?
Finding anomalies in complicated spreadsheets.

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?
I agree with all things that help correct power imbalances so PSA and PSAY tick the right boxes for me.

Name one (or more) things you like about the PSA Youth network
The conference every year is a great place to meet other cool union-minded people and get more knowledgeable about important stuff. The best thing was when PSAY took me to Power Shift, a youth climate change conference in Auckland, a couple of years ago.

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?
To be a vibrant network of people who ensure the union moves with the times.

How about when you aren't at work?  What else do you like to do with your time?
For exercise I cycle-commute and go to pole fitness classes (way more fun than the gym!). I love the outdoors and always need to have my next holiday planned so that I have some exploring to look forward to.
I’m also a involved in a cool jobs website called Do Good Jobs (www.dogoodjobs.co.nz) which advertises jobs that work to create positive social and environmental change.

What are your three favourite foods?
Chocolate
Olives
All types of curry

What are your three loves?
The outdoors, good food, holidays

What are your three pet peeves?
People being late to meetings, powerpoint slides with sentences on them, passive-aggressive behaviour (say what’s on your mind please!)

What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Have faith in yourself and do things that scare you. (I was a pretty anxious teenager)