Frank Pietraroia is a social researcher with ORIMA Research – Australia’s leading provider of end-to-end research and data analytics services to the public sector. In his last year studying marketing in Adelaide he learnt about the market and social research industry through outreach activities from the South Australian branch of The Research Society, and this led to him finding employment in the industry. Ever since then, he has been an active attendee of Research Society events, across both Canberra and Melbourne.
One of his current roles sees him manage and grow ORIMA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fieldwork capability across Australia – even more challenging in a COVID-19 environment. He also works on multiple other quantitative client projects for state government, federal government and overseas non-government organisations, in areas including stakeholder research, performance measurement, community engagement, communications research and data visualisation.
With projects and staff all over Australia, and clients overseas, Frank was no stranger from working remotely when restrictions came in and was able to assist others in his organisation with the transition to work-from-home. At the same time, he has converted projects originally slated to be face-to-face and adapted them to telephone methodologies.
In his first three and a half years in the industry, Frank has learnt so much about himself as a person and the skills needed to succeed as a research consultant. With a significantly different social and professional environment moving forward, Frank is trying to discover what he needs to do to stay ahead of the curve.
PANELIST – PANEL DISCUSSION: THE SKILLS WE WILL NEED IN THE FUTURE, AND HOW DO WE GET AND DEVELOP THEM
The short term for the research industry is all about how to function during the pandemic crisis and through the economic shock it is creating. But the longer-term future of research and insights will be determined by our people, which means we need a strategy for developing the right skills. This panel discussion will explore the skills we need and discuss strategies for making it happen.