Madeleine is a lawyer at Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, where she works in the workplace and employment team. Madeleine is Newcastle born and bred, having gone to school here, the University of Newcastle and then kicking off her career locally in employment law in 2015. Madeleine is passionate about helping businesses understand the intricacies of employment law and working with them to achieve their goals.
Madeleine was promoted to Senior Associate at the start of this year, but most recently has started a secondment with Svitzer as Lead Counsel – Industrial Relations. This is a new challenge for Madeleine, who will be on the ground working closely with employees and union parties.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
I am privileged to work somewhere that values work/life balance, but I do believe that it needs to be a conscious decision we all make to prioritise various aspects of our lives. Day to day, I make sure I get a workout in of a morning, plan my calendar (sometimes down to half hour increments) with what I need to achieve that day, and always aim to be home for dinner. On the weekends I try to get both some social time and some down time.
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My fur baby who is 10 month old Cavoodle, Pretzel. The cutest little fluffball you ever will see.
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession (or in general)?
Humility, drive and empathy. That’s in general, I think those characteristics are so important in everyday life and can be applied in every industry and profession. Don’t forget where you came from, give it your best every single day (even if some days that means taking it slow), and consider how your actions impact other people.
How do you define success?
Waking up in the morning and feeling absolutely content with all areas of your life. Success isn’t just your job, but your friendships, your relationship and your own mental wellbeing.
What advice would you give to someone five years younger than you, in any industry, to help them achieve success?
Just keep going, you will figure it out on the way. Never say no to an opportunity at work (even if it scares the hell out of you), you will learn and grow from it. Listen when someone gives you feedback (positive and negative), try your best to take it on board, and make changes in accordance with it. Perhaps most importantly, show up each day with a positive attitude – life’s too short to be grumpy!!