27 Sep 2023

Spotlight - Meet our members: Michaela McCusker

Image of Michaela McCusker, team leader at Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Discover more about the members of CIH Futures Northern Ireland. Today, we're sitting down with Michaela McCusker, team leader at Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Why did you decide on a career in housing?

I completed work experience in my local housing executive office. I thoroughly enjoyed the week which gave me a flavour for all the different areas the job entailed. Every day was different and I enjoyed the variety of role.

How did you start your career in housing?

I completed a four year Housing Management degree at the University of Ulster, coupled with a one year placement at a housing association. I continued to work there part time during my final year to gain further experience.

What do you love about your job?

Similarly to what initially attracted me to the career, I love the variety of the job. I enjoy the challenge it provides and the ability to make a difference to the lives of others.

What has been your most memorable experience working in housing and why was it so special?

There are so many memorable experiences – I led a new business project to develop and open a new community hub for tenants and the local community of West Belfast. This was a special time as we worked closely with the tenants to develop a space for their use. I was able to bring projects and activities to the
space to help tenants, their kids and the wider community which was very rewarding.