GOOD SPORT: Angus McLeod takes advantage of the job opportunities opened up with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
GOOD SPORT: Angus McLeod takes advantage of the job opportunities opened up with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. GOLDOC

A chance to work at the Commonwealth Games

WHEN the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are done and dusted in April 2018, the legacies will include both venue infrastructure and personal memories.

More than 1000 staff, including 250 Griffith University interns, will have gained work experience at the games, including information technology intern Angus McLeod, 66.

Born and raised in Southern Rhodesia, Angus found limitations on job choices after graduating from high school.

To him, the idea of working with computers and in the IT sector was a distant dream.

"It is something I always wanted to do, but it was one of those jobs that wasn't available to us because of the segregation at that time," Angus said.

"That's why I took whatever I could get.

"I was offered an apprenticeship as a solid plasterer.

"In 1973 I completed my apprenticeship and got married the following year.

"In 1980 Britain finally granted independence and a ceasefire was declared, ending nearly two decades of civil unrest.

"Shortly after this I moved to Botswana with my wife and four-year-old son.

"I worked there for eight years as a construction manager before starting my own business, which I ran for four years and having our second son in 1983."

Angus moved to the Gold Coast with his family in 1988 and it was the catalyst for his IT dream to take shape.

Recently, with just over a year left of his information technology degree at Griffith University, Angus started looking at opportunities to gain work experience.

GOLDOC offered him a position on the service desk, and he took it.

"Ever since I started, it's been like an explosion of experiences," he said.

Angus has gone on to secure a short-term paid contract with the organisation while continuing his studies.


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