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Meet Our People: Jeremy Menz

In this week’s edition of Meet Our People, it’s time to get to know the person who’s usually asking the questions – our Content and Communications Specialist, Jeremy Menz!

Where did you work prior to MTC?

Prior to starting with MTC in October of last year, I was living in Melbourne and working in marketing for one of Australia’s largest aged care providers, Japara.

Over the course of my marketing career, I’ve also worked for The Beddison Group, a nationwide recruiter, and Fight Cancer Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families. 

What made you want to come and work at MTC?

After spending time in aged care and recruitment, two industries that are often very profit-driven, I desperately wanted to get back into the not-for-profit sector, as I find making a positive difference to my community the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I can do from a work perspective.

I had decided to make the move to Sydney for personal reasons and when I researched the impact that MTC Australia has on some of the most vulnerable people in the region, the choice was easy. Everybody I spoke to seemed lovely, and thankfully, they liked me too!

What are you responsible for in your role at MTC?

As Content and Communications Specialist, my role is really varied, which is something I love about it. I’m responsible for internal—and a range of external— communications, managing our social media accounts, website and intranet, and content creation across the MTC Group. I’m a journalist by qualification, so one of my favourite parts of the role is getting to know our staff and clients, and sharing some of their wonderful stories with our audience.

Recently, I’ve also been working with the Curriculum team to design learning materials for students in our SEE program, which has been really interesting.

Tell us a bit about your life outside of work

Outside of work, I’m a pretty sociable person who’s nearly incapable of sitting still, so most nights I’ll be out at a pub, a restaurant or a friend’s house. On the weekends, I like to go to food markets, vintage/opportunity shops and on adventures (I’m still working out where everything is in Sydney!)

In the pre-COVID world, I’d usually attend a lot of live music and dance events, something I’ve really missed over the past few months.

What are you doing to pass the time in quarantine?

Since the restrictions eased, I’ve been hosting quite a few gatherings at my house to make up for the socialising that I missed out on for a while there. I’ve also been checking out different national parks and exploring parts of the coast. I also love to cook, so I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with some new recipes.

Prior to the restrictions easing, I watched quite a few different TV shows and spent far too much time playing Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch.

Finally, as my partner is a hairdresser and I’m unable to look the same for more than about a month, I’m now onto my fifth different hair colour of the year.

Are there any TV shows or books that you’ve seen during quarantine that you’d recommend?

This period has been one of re-living some old favourites such as The Office (US), The Simpsons (for the 1,256,839th time), A Series of Unfortunate Events and Kath & Kim. I’ve also gotten into Black Mirror and La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), as well as finishing season five of Better Call Saul, the spin-off of—and challenger to—the greatest TV show ever made (I’ll never be convinced otherwise), Breaking Bad.

So in terms of recommendations, if you haven’t already watched it, watch Breaking Bad. If you’ve watched Breaking Bad and haven’t watched Better Call Saul, watch Better Call Saul. If you’ve watched both, re-watch Breaking Bad, then Better Call Saul.