Pamela Bjork-Billings

ALUMNI

Degree(s)

Bachelor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduation year(s)

1982, 2012

Campus

Waurn Ponds

Current position

Senior Advisor, Education, Our Watch

Overview

Pam Bjork-Billings has worked in all areas of education from teaching to consultancy since completing her studies at Deakin.

Interview with Pamela Bjork-Billings

Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
In the early years there was a great sense of community and integration with the Geelong community. When I came back to study for my doctorate there was a very warm welcome and accommodation for my work even though it was outside the streams of work that were happening.

What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
I taught in primary schools for 10 years. Then moved into a consultancy role in the Department of Education. When on Family leave I studied a graduate diploma at Swinburne University. This led to a role working at Deakin in Human Resources Management, as manager of the Equity and Equal Opportunity Unit for 10 years.

I then went back to teaching for eight years while I studied for my doctorate (which I accomplished in school holidays). In the past few years I have been working as a prevention of violence against women practitioner.

Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
No my career has been fortuitous. Several of the roles that I have worked in did not exist when I was an undergraduate.

What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
Many opportunities great intellectual stimulation and wonderful lifelong friendships

What are your passions outside your work?
Breeding, training and riding Andalusian horses.