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Elouise Holmes MPRIA
Master of Business Administration 2005
A brief stint as a volunteer worker in Egypt in 2004, 'sowed the seeds of interest' for a potential career in the industry for graduate Elouise Holmes.
"In 2004, my husband and I spent time as volunteers at an adult literacy centre in Cairo, Egypt. During this time, we lived as the locals did - taking public transport, shopping in the souk (market) near our apartment, learning conversational Arabic and visiting the homes of very hospitable Egyptians friends. We worked alongside Egyptians as well as expatriates from all parts of the world. I helped in the administrative aspect of the centre and had a special focus on marketing and fundraising while my husband taught conversational English."
"This experience stirred my interest in being involved in the not-for-profit sector and also in volunteering - so for me to be working at Volunteering Victoria now is like coming full circle!"
Elouise explained that she is relishing her varied yet challenging role as Communications Manager with Volunteering Victoria.
"A major part of my role is developing our communications strategy - in a nutshell I am the link between the media and my organisation and work to raise awareness about Volunteering Victoria and issues about volunteering."
"As my role has such a strong communications focus, a big part of my working day involves writing. Some of my daily tasks include e-mail correspondence, managing the website, preparing materials for the monthly member e-newsletter, writing and distributing media releases and a variety of other materials to help inform Volunteering Victoria's members, volunteers and the general public about our activities as well as the services that we offer."
"I work with an impressive group of people - both paid and volunteer staff who all have a real passion and dedication for volunteer work. One of the most enjoyable things about my role is that I get to meet such a large number of people across Victoria from so many different organisations and backgrounds."
Although graduating with a Master of Business Administration from Deakin, Elouise commenced her studies in her homeland of the Philippines, before marrying and moving to Australia.
"About halfway through my Master of Business Administration at the University of the Philippines I married an Australian. So the realisation that I could end up living in Australia made me decide to convert my degree into an Australian one."
"So I did my research on the different universities who offered online delivery of the course and I'd heard that Deakin's online MBA program was one of the best in Australia. So this and the fact that they credited all the subjects I'd already done in the Philippines, made me decide to do my MBA with Deakin."
"From my positive experiences, I now always recommend Deakin to friends or people I meet who are looking for online postgraduate study options."
"The online part of my study went really smoothly and I was pleasantly surprised at how everything ran like clockwork - including sitting my exams from the Philippines and borrowing books online that were mailed to me and that I sent back at no additional cost!"
"The course also really helped shape my thinking and developed my strategic planning skills, and I especially enjoyed the group assignments," she said.
In the future, Elouise said she plans to continue her work in the volunteering field while also finding the time 'to live a little.'
"I would like to be able to continue working in this field because I crave the stimulation that it provides - but I also don't want to miss out on living life well. I have flexible work arrangements at Volunteering Victoria which means that I can continue to be a very active member of the work force while at the same time meet my lifestyle needs," she explained.