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From Caribbean Captain To Rio Tinto – How Oliver Landed A Big Career Catch

27/04/2022BY: Claude Drulik

​Who are you?

  • Name: Oliver Dubock

  • Position: Regional Operator

  • Client: Rio Tinto DSL

Tell us about your journey

My journey to where I am now is probably a little unusual. My background is actually in Marine Ecology. Two years ago I was captain of a dive boat in the Caribbean. I met my partner on an island there. However, after a decade at sea, I decided it was time for a change. My partner originally came from Melbourne. Having never even been to Australia, we decided it would be a great opportunity to visit and try our luck at a lap of Australia.

We saved hard and booked a flight. We even got engaged along the way. Upon arriving, we started our adventure by buying a car and van. Of course, things went awry when COVID hit as it forced us into lockdown in WA. With neither of us working, funds started to dwindle.

Some friends we met while traveling made their way up to Port Hedland. They invited us to join them. We did. My partner took on some work. I applied for my spousal visa. I was keen to start in a new industry, having grown up with machinery on a farm where I operated large equipment of one kind or another for most of my life. The Pilbara was a great fit.

Once my visa was approved, I got to work looking for work. The rest is history.

How did you land your role with WorkPac?

I heard about WorkPac through my partners’ friend. They recommended them to get into a new industry, so I submitted my resume online. It wasn’t long before I was invited to an onsite interview with a supervisor. It must have gone well because I landed the job. After a short period of inductions, I started my Regional Operator role as a contractor with WorkPac at RioTinto DSL Port Hedland.

What are your career/personal goals?

I really enjoy the role I landed. I’ve learnt a lot in a short period of time. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to work with some amazing and experienced people. My goal is to continue growing and learning in this industry. One day I hope to move into a managerial role where I can encourage and help new starts pursue their dream path.

How did WorkPac help you along your career path?

WorkPac was instrumental in getting me started and enabling me to grow in my new profession. From the beginning, with the application process being so easy to follow, there was always help available if I needed it. This made it much easier to get into my desired career.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I suppose it’s the people I work with that really make my job most enjoyable. That and getting to drive massive machines all day.