Rebecca's journey since UWA.
Before I left UWA, I had already secured employment at a consultancy as the Managing Director was a guest lecturer in my honours program. Since then, I have been fortunate to have held a series of roles that have been both challenging and interesting, and are assisting me develop to meet my career objectives. I would not have had these opportunities without the qualifications I gained at UWA. In particular, I believe having studied a Master of Economics was important to secure my current role.
Since graduation UWA has also assisted me develop non-academic skills through volunteering opportunities. This includes my role on the UWA Graduate Management Association – I would likely not have had any board experience if it was not for this opportunity. I also maintained my connection with UWA by playing for the UWA netball club for many years, and by volunteering as a mentor in the Career Mentor Link Program.
What’s your passion and how do you want to make a difference in the world?
I get up in the morning hoping to make a difference. For me, working in the public sector is a great way to do this as I provide advice to government on important economic and policy issues. Although there are many factors that inform decision making, advice from public servants can influence important changes to improve the wellbeing of the community.
I also have an interest in the economics of developing countries. I aspire to work internationally to assist these nations develop in a way that meets their objectives and maximises the wellbeing of their citizens.
What is the most interesting aspect of your career? Where could it go from here?
The most interesting aspect of my career is the breadth of issues I have had the opportunity to work on. This includes reviewing the state’s mining royalty regime, developing access and pricing regimes for port infrastructure, reviewing how to fund emergency services and developing a framework to assist government design best practice regulation. During these projects I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders; experiences I have found very interesting, challenging and rewarding.
I plan to continue to work in policy and economic advisory roles within government. I expect this will include work both interstate and internationally. A dream role would be an advisor to a politician or to work in a diplomatic role.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day is a very important day because it raises awareness about the issues facing women across the globe, and provides a forum to discuss and implement change. The events and initiatives associated with the day are also important to empower and encourage women so they can achieve their full potential. International Women’s Day is something all members of the community should participate in; the most progress will be made if there is shared ownership and collective action.