Nicole Cameron

Nicole Cameron, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice along the way”.

Meet founder and CEO of Career Chemistry, Nicole Cameron.

Nicole Cameron is the founder and CEO of Career Chemistry – an online talent pool for successful women, graduates, mentors and mature professionals. It’s a job posting site for organizations that believe a flexible workforce delivers the best business outcomes.

Nicole’s many corporate roles have included Head of Government Relations, Chief of Staff and General Manager of Government Strategy – to name a few! Throughout her career Nicole has personally experienced the benefits of flexible workplaces as well as discrimination from those who didn’t support working mothers.

Nicole is an advocate for people who are talented and significant assets to business and juggling their lives; whether as parents, looking after parents, studying, managing outside interests (such as education or sports) or mature professionals wanting to wind back a little.

Nicole shares some of her career experiences and tips with us here in her Career Selfie…

Current Role…CEO Career Chemistry

Location…Canberra, Australia.

Three words that best describe my role are….
Fun. Exciting. Daunting.

The knowledge and skills I needed to get this role were…
Strong communication, leadership and people skills. Business Acumen, Being genuine and delivering what you promise.

I got these by…
working hard, long hours and always putting up my hand to take on extra responsibility. I took advantage of opportunities on offer and was not afraid to change course. When I was offered a dream role at Channel Seven early in my career I left my PhD in Medicine studies a year before I finished. When I had done what I wanted to do in television and print I decided to go into business. Most of my skills were developed from working with and observing great leaders.I was not afraid to ask for help and advice along the way.

I spend most of my day…
Telling people they can have a job and have a life. (For the first time I do!) I spend a lot of time speaking to talented people and those who might want to work with us.

When I was growing up I wanted to be…
An architect. Then I realized I hated maths.

I still love…
Going home to my parents for a home cooked meal.

The best career tip I’ve been given…
Listen well. Observe others. Above all, surround yourself with people more talented than you. A skill of a great leader is to recognize and promote talented people.

The coolest opportunity I have had in my career so far…
Is meeting so many great leaders of so many organizations, and often working side by side with these icons.

My first job…
Pharmacy assistant in my final year of school.

Game of Thrones or Starwars?…
Game of Thrones. I still haven’t seen Starwars!

My best career advice would be…
No regrets. Make a decision, move forward and make the most of every opportunity. There will always be a future fork in the road ahead if you need to change course. There are no wrong decisions if you tackle every decision as a potential opportunity to learn, grow and develop new skills.

Nicole is on LinkedIn – you can visit her profile here.
Or checkout Career Chemistry to learn more about flexible working options.