Mr Leonard Damien Teitel
Bachelor of Commerce
(major sequences in human resource management and accounting information systems),
Melbourne Burwood Campus

Leonard Damien Teitel, who is in the final trimester of a Bachelor of Commerce at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, says it was Deakin’s flexible study options that allowed him to write and publish his first novel, No Innocence in Death, while completing his course.

Described as a work of contemporary fiction, Leonard’s novel opens in pre-war 1930s Europe and he says it’s a story that pays tribute to a different time when not all people were considered equal.

‘It then makes its way over the years and across countries into the 1970s. As the characters develop, it moves from a literal historical setting to a more metaphorical story about the individuals’ aspirations and how to deal with loss,’ he explains.

While always considering himself a writer, Leonard commenced his study at Deakin after discovering that career options for higher positions were limited without a university degree. Interestingly, it was a workplace incident that prompted his interest in the study of human resources.

‘But once I started undertaking the compulsory units, I found I also enjoyed working with numbers and business analysis concepts. The mix of major sequences and units have helped support various aspects of my study and allowed me to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding ... I also like the fact that what I’m learning is directly related to today’s business climate.’

He says Deakin has given him the opportunity and flexibility to undertake his studies in the way that suits him best.

‘The trimester system means you can alter your workload according to what you feel is necessary … that enabled me to take a trimester off to write the novel then take a full load of subjects over Trimester 3 (summer semester) and not be behind in my work.’

Through the graduate recruitment process, he has managed to secure a part-time HR job with a major telecommunications organisation – a position that will become full time once he has finished his degree.
‘I’m constantly using knowledge that I have obtained throughout my study, including elements of employment law, counselling and negotiation, training and development and management accounting. I also enjoy my job because my employer has confidence in me and the education I have received.’

While Leonard has plans for a long and successful corporate career, he has no intention of being simply a one-book-wonder.

‘In the future I hope to write more novels as I’d also like to be a respected and successful author.’

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