Our Mover and Shaker this week is Teresa Callies, Information Officer at MN Department of Transportation and part-time editor of WITNE (Women in the New Economy).
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Name Teresa Callies
Occupation/Title Information Officer at MN Department of Transportation and part-time editor of WITNE (Women in the New Economy) on the Brave New Work World web site (www.newwork.com).
State Minnesota, USA
Age Let’s just say that it’s true that life begins at 40.
Star sign Sagittarius
Describe your career progression and your current professional position.
I have a degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, and always looked for unusual jobs. The common theme is finding jobs dealing with research or writing or something creative. In the 1980’s I worked for a publishing company, then went back to the US. In 1988 I went on a study-abroad program to Greece, and did research on the Greek press and how they covered news. That eventually opened the door to a job at a public radio network where I was a researcher in the newsroom. I now work in communications in a state government agency, while writing for the Brave New Work World web site on the side.
Describe a typical day? Every day is different. There really is no typical day for me.
What’s the best part of the job? I get to meet a lot of people from around the world who come to visit our Traffic Management Center at Mn/DOT. (Congestion is an international issue!) And in my work with the Brave New Work World web site, I am in contact with many people who are interested in women’s issues and how the new economy is affecting our lives. I try to write about issues that Americans are thinking about and talking about, and I find interesting books and web sites as well.
What’s the worst part of the job? I work odd hours at Mn/DOT. One day I may come in at 6 a.m., the next day I may not come in until 11 a.m. However, I rarely travel in rush hour traffic!