My First Job | Joshua Reid

My first job as a tennis coach was a dream come true.

I was participating in a job I was passionate about and a sport in which I excelled. 

This enabled me to gain independence, and learn some valuable life skills. 

SMASH HIT: Joshua Reid loved his first paid role as a tennis coach, at the club he'd played at since he was eight. Photo: supplied.

SMASH HIT: Joshua Reid loved his first paid role as a tennis coach, at the club he'd played at since he was eight. Photo: supplied.

The tennis club was one of the largest in Wollongong, and one that I had been part of since the age of eight. 

The shifts were flexible and it became my second home.

I had a variety tasks from handling fees, restringing racquets, organising events, coaching and mentoring upcoming stars.

Coaching occurred outside of school hours, meaning early starts and late nights.

My career as a geologist is a world apart from being a tennis player, however there are some similarities. 

Plenty of domestic jet setting, although instead of Hamilton Island, it was Dingo, Moura and Wandoan – to name few.

When I look back at coaching, it was life changing. It gave me confidence as a young adult. 

I learnt how to be a better communicator, time manager and self-motivator. 

“When I look back at coaching, it was life changing. It gave me confidence as a young adult.”

 – Joshua Reid

Most of all it was learning to lead, which I think in a team atmosphere such as mining is the most important as it allows you to work together and achieve goals more effectively as a team.

  • Joshua Reid is now an environmental coordinator for Hume Coal.
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