Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Rebecca Warren
What is your job title?
Specialist HR Projects and Improvements
Which company/organisation do you work for?
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
My role is newly created and is focussed on developing and implementing new initiatives or improvements relating to people.
What studies have you undertaken?
My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Business (major in IR & HR) – most of which I completed part-time as I was working full-time; I then completed a Graduate Diploma in Law and later a Masters in OHS. I am also a 2014 Alumni of the Signature Leadership Program; a 10 month experiential leadership development program which is run by Leadership WA.
The Signature Leadership Program was a unique experience from which I learned about current issues facing WA; reflected on my own leadership journey and style and gained new perspectives from my peers (who were an equal mix of professionals from Government, not-for-profit and the corporate sectors).
Tell us about your experience in the transport & logistics industry.
I started in the industry with Brambles Industrial Services as a Management Trainee in Newcastle, NSW. The traineeship was a unique opportunity where we were given the opportunity to drive trucks, forklifts, cranes and other mobile equipment; whilst studying at university. In my first 3 years I obtained a range of tickets and licences, including dogman; forklift; loader; skid steer; crane operator and HR then HC truck licences; and I then got experience in other operational and support roles. When I graduated I was offered a role in the Brambles Australasia head office in North Sydney as an Industrial Research Officer; which I did for two years before transferring to Brambles Cranes in Western Sydney where I was an Operations Supervisor.
Which other industries have you worked in?
Construction and mining.
What is the best career advice you have received?
When I was about 11 years old, my grandmother gave me a pendant which read ‘Never say never’. I still have that pendant and it’s definitely helped me in my career. For me, it helped to ensure I kept an open mind and stayed motivated towards my goals – particularly if I am working outside my comfort zone.
Best advice to give:
I love this quote from Shirley Conran – “I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you’re going to be lazy.”
It’s a bad day when:
I try not to think about it as a bad day; sometimes there are moments which are harder than others.
It’s a good day when:
You have managed to fulfil a personal goal, along with a company one; and its fantastic when they are the same thing!
What direction do you see yourself heading in the future?
I’m not really sure at the moment. I have never been one who sits down and plan’s out the next career move/moves – I prefer to take opportunities as they arise.
Who are your role models?
I can’t say I have role models as such; however my life has been influenced by so many different people. I’ve had some wonderful mentors and peers, both men and women, who have all taught me something or supported me when I needed it. Also, my sister, for being….my sister!
When you have 30 minutes of free-time, what do you do?
I really enjoy reading, for pleasure or development; and every month I am trying new recipes from a magazine subscription I have had for over 10 years.
Sunrise or sunset?
Depends what’s happening.
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