Introducing the people behind the scenes at DPS, the company bringing you the Disability Support Guide and Talking Disability, to help you get to know us a little better and give insight into what we do. Next up in our Q&A series is our Disability Sector Media Specialist, Maria Stephenson.
How long have you been with DPS?
I started at DPS in October 2017.
What is your role?
I am the Disability Sector Media Specialist. Or as I like to say, a 'Jack of all trades'! I look after new and existing clients who are wanting to promote their products or services in our publications and on the website and help them by working out the best approach for the best results.
I mainly work on the wonderful Disability Support Guide, liaise with clients, go to expo's and networking events, and promote DPS to others in the industry.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a bit of everything at the moment - the Disability Support Guide Eastern (SA/WA/NT) and also the Aged Care Guide for SA/NT.
What are some of the things you’ve learnt in this role at DPS?
I have learnt a whopping amount at DPS. I had never dealt with the aged or disability sector before starting at DPS. These areas are huge and I always learn something new every day. It can be challenging, but I have always enjoyed facing those challenges.
Why did you join DPS?
I previously worked in the media sector and for a wine journal, and I really love working on niche products. The Aged Care Guide and Disability Support Guide are really niche products, so it is something I can really sink my teeth into. You learn so much more on niche products than you would working in general sales, so it keeps the work interesting for me.
What is the best thing about working for DPS?
I really enjoy going to different expo's and events and meeting clients. I like chatting with our clients and building strong relationships with them. People in the disability and aged care industry are so nice and such genuine people.
What is your greatest achievement while working at DPS?
I have loved working on and seeing the growth of the Disability Support Guide. I first came on when we started putting together this printed publication, so I have seen it grow and change since it first came out in 2018. I am really proud to say I worked on the Disability Support Guide and it's good to say that this is one of my babies!
Now for some lighthearted questions, which team member would you most like to be stuck on a desert island with and why?
I think Will (Typesetter), as he would be the handiest out of the whole team! He can cook, he can camp, he can do the whole lot, can't he? He has a lot of knowledge that would be really handy if I was stuck on a desert island.
What’s the best way to start the day?
For me, the best way to start the day is going to the gym. I get up at 4.20 in the morning and go to the gym. If I don't get up early, then I won't go! I do body fit currently, but I used to go to an F45 Gym. I found it was too high impact for my body. Sometimes I still think I am 21, but I'm not! I really love the community feel you can find at gyms. Everyone is a family and you can make really close friends at the gym. I also don't have to think about what I am going to do at the gym as everything is already set up for me.
What fictional place would you most like to go?
I probably don't have a place to go, but I would like to be Doctor Who. I love the Tardis, it is just brilliant. I would love to be able to go anywhere in time. I am a big Doctor Who fan, I watched the originals when I was five. I used to watch it on a black and white TV from behind the sofa with my friend because the Daleks were so scary. My favourite doctor was David Tenant, he really made the character his own. But I also really liked the original Doctor's, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. I suppose if I could go anywhere fictional, it would be where those Cat doctors were in Doctor Who, those cat-like nuns on Earth.