02 December 2010
Defining a successful career
Gail Owen, Michelle Brisbane, Professor Margaret Jackson, Kate O’Reilly and Dr Claire Noone.
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RMIT University hosted a breakfast last month for women working in business. More than 30 people attended the event, which was facilitated by Professor Margaret Jackson, Head of the Graduate School of Business and Law.
Speakers from a wide range of backgrounds discussed why they are each successful in their own right.
Panel members included Gail Owen, Partner, HWL Ebsworth; Michelle Brisbane, Managing Partner, Ethical Investment Services; Kate O’Reilly, Founding Director, Optimiss; and Dr Claire Noone, Executive Director, Consumer Affairs.
Ms Owen began by outlining her career journey and her view of success. “Success is finding a pathway which makes you feel comfortable.”
The second speaker, Ms Brisbane, talked about the importance of work life balance and overcoming a fear of failure.
“A successful career is not measured externally, but by personal fulfilment and values.
“Continue to improve personally and professionally, enjoy yourself, do something meaningful and make a mark in your profession.”
Ms O’Reilly advised the audience to choose a career that makes them happy. “You only get one shot at life so if you’re not happy doing what you’re doing find something else to do.”
Ms O’Reilly is passionate about giving back and passing on her experience. “I believe others feed off your happiness and passion; I want to help lead the change for women in business.”
Dr Noone concluded by highlighting the importance of finding an organisation with values that are consistent with your own.
“Work with people who compliment and complement you. Ask for feedback and take it on board and finally, don’t take yourself too seriously.”
The event was held in the newly refurbished Emily McPherson Building, which was built in 1927 to train and educate women in domestic sciences and is now home to the Graduate School of Business and Law.