Passionate about teaching, Project Administrator Taryn Bateman is the super-organised dynamo providing daily administrative support for three Project Managers in Profica’s Kwa-Zulu Natal office. She’d like to see more women on-site in the industry. Here are some quickfire quiz questions with Taryn.
What does your role at Profica entail?
I am currently a Project Administrator in the KZN office working for three Project Managers who I manage on a daily basis and ensure all project work is up to date.
What is your favourite part of working at Profica?
The people I work for and with, including my managers and colleagues. I enjoy the rapport I build with all the project team members with each new project.
How did you start your career in the property industry?
I started with a temp job for engineering firm AECOM in 2014 as a PA for the Quantity Surveying department, and was then asked to stay on in permanent position.
What do you believe your greatest strengths are?
Communication is by far my greatest strength, as well as the ability to adapt to any diverse work environment, even when the colleagues I work with are mostly men.
What has been the biggest success of your career so far?
One of my greatest passions is teaching and when I worked for Cell C I became a registered facilitator. It’s a skill that has served me well.
What really inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who engage me with their knowledge and experience. I believe in lifelong learning and developing myself, it’s so import to ‘train the brain.’
What do you believe you’re good at, outside of work?
I’m good at nurturing and looking after people – those teaching skills coming into play again!
What are the greatest challenges you’re dealing with right now?
I do miss the routine of going into the office and being surrounded by my colleagues.
How would you like to see the industry change in the next ten years?
I’d like to see more women involved in decision making. Also, I’d like to see more women on site, with that being seen as the norm rather than foreign.