Source: Digicel PNG
“Self sacrifice is all part of the job but it certainly pays off in the end!” – These are the words from, Nicole Vate.
Welcome to the life of a very committed and hard working woman; an easy-going person who takes her job very seriously and, pushes for things to get done in her team. She knows her job and does it well despite having to be at work at eight in the morning and to leave after six in the evening. .
Nicole comes from a family of four and hails from East New Britain and New Ireland.
She attended school here in Port Moresby; starting her primary education at Coronation then to Marianville Secondary School and later to Port Moresby National High where she completed Grades 11 and 12. After national high, she was selected for the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) where she completed a major in Psychology and a minor in Human Resource. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2001.
After completing school, Nicole worked with Westpac Bank. The following year, she joined Red Cross PNG where she worked as a Program Officer on Projects. She loved the job and in return, it took her to most of the provinces within the country and also overseas.
She worked there until June 2007 when Digicel came into PNG and started their pre-launch recruitment and she decided to apply. She was one of the pioneer employees of Digicel here in PNG. She started off with the Human Resource department where she took care of recruitment; making sure that all staff travel and accommodation was taken care of and, organized functions for all the staff.
In July 2007, she was moved over to Sales and Distribution and worked as a Distribution Executive. Through her commitment and continuous hard work resulting in good results, Nicole was recommended for the position of Distribution Manager as there was a vacancy. In late 2008, Nicole worked as the Distribution Manager-In Training until February last year where she was promoted to the permanent position of Distribution Manager.
When asked what her job is all about, she says, “I take care of the Distribution of Digicel products into the channels on a daily basis and make sure that there is sufficient stock”.
In other words, I ensure that the distribution of phones, SIM cards, Flex cards and accessories to Digicel customers is happening everyday and that there is enough stock to meet our customers demands’.
She said; “The job is very challenging but not in the sense that it makes me give up but instead motivates me to love the job and do more for it. It is all about team work at Digicel so you are constantly learning from other team members and superiors which is very motivating as well. The Distribution team is very cooperative which makes my job easier and more attainable”.
“For those who want to make it in life, the world is at your feet. Look at life in a positive way and remember that every challenge comes with a sacrifice but it surely pays off at the end of the day”, she said.
Distribution Manager Nicole Vate and Customer Care Manager Vetau Roga are back in PNG after attending the Digicel (EMBA) Executive Management Business Administration program. They were among 16 employees who were selected from across Digicel’s 32 telecommunications markets worldwide to complete a one week, intensive, experiential program for Digicel’s emerging management talents.