Rebecca Peel graduated from Deakin with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary). She used the study skills she learnt at university to pursue her passion for investing and developing people, embracing opportunities from all around the world.
Q&A with Rebecca Peel
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
The amazing teachers and people! My most stand out memories from my time at Deakin were from UniGames and the Deakin soccer team. From fundraisers and events, to having the opportunity to form meaningful relationships and friendships outside my field of study, the time spent with the Dragons has stuck with me!
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
Since leaving Deakin I have the opportunity to pursue my passion for investing and developing people in a variety of contexts and settings. From being one of the first digital media recruiters at lululemon athletica, to spending time in Ghana developing curriculum for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture’s colleges, I’ve been incredibly fortunate. Most recently I have lead recruitment and hiring for Engineers Without Borders, and then had the opportunity to lead human capital for Living Goods, and organization deploying an entrepreneurial solution to providing access to health care for poor and vulnerable communities.
Associate Director, Talent and People Management at The Rockefeller Foundation
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
Seizing amazing opportunities and learning from bad managers!
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
Absolutely not. Pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Education was my mother's idea. When I started at Deakin I didn't really know what I wanted to be or do. By the end of my degree I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do but I knew I was fascinated by learning and wanted a job investing in people.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
I think the most important thing you can do is follow your interests and be entrepreneurial about making opportunities to do work your passionate about.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
I don't know what it was about my time at Deakin, whether the teaching staff or my cohort of students, but something about my time there built my confidence.
What are your passions outside your work?
I'm privileged to have a job that allows me to pursue my passions within the course of my work. I've even managed to integrate my crazy fascination with quotation anthologies, incorporating a series of inspiring historical quotations into a new organizational culture and on-boarding guide.
How would someone describe you?
Energetic and authentic.