Get to know the team: Stephanie Brebner
We spoke to Stephanie Brebner, rhi’s Global Resourcing Director, to learn about key learnings from her career, the opportunities for our business and her advice for anyone looking to further their career.
Can you tell us more about your career?
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, I was recruited into a Business Management Trainee program in California. One of the challenges we saw in the company was employee retention, and therefore my career shifted into recruitment and human resources. One thing led to another, and my recruitment journey brought me back to Houston, Texas with a focus on the energy sector and subsequently, in 2009, to Brisbane, Queensland with the coal seam gas boom to lead a start-up operation. The original two-year assignment in Australia turned into a life changing experience both professionally and personally – including starting a family of my own.
In 2018, I joined rhi as a General Manager. This was an exciting time in our organisation as we were integrating with our consultancy business and carried out our rebrand to rhi all in 12 months. Naturally, my role has grown and developed over the years to include coordination with our global recruitment, payroll, consultancy and marketing teams. From Melbourne to Aberdeen, I have been able to work with incredible people who have the grit and determination to meet the ever-changing challenges we continue to face in our industry.
What excites you most about the future of rhi?
At rhi, we get to wear many hats– so no day is ever the same. Having the opportunity to bring ideas to the leadership team and see them embraced is very rewarding. An example of this is when we discussed how we can turn data into information for our clients about their workforce. We developed what we call ‘Project Apple’ and can now visualise our workforce on an ‘apples per apples’ basis to monitor staffing trends by region. As data and technology continue to become more closely aligned, I am excited to see the impact of rhi’s latest developments and the value this will provide.
Are there any key learnings from your experience you would like to share?
Do you remember being asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’? When I was a child, I thought ‘I want to be a teacher or a doctor.” In my mind this was a goal I could hit and then boom – success, right? But what happens when you get there? Or more importantly what happens when you do not?
Early in my career I believed I could achieve something with knowledge, hard work and persistence. It was not always that straight path I pictured. Life happened and my career journey took big, unexpected turns and I reached unplanned destinations. Some destinations were less desirable than others, and it was not until I reflected on how that journey changed who I was becoming did I realise that I should have stopped and soaked up all those “aha” moments along the way.
Any advice you have for someone who is looking to further their career?
Do not be intimidated to ask for help, especially now while we are navigating this new ‘normal’ post pandemic. Whether it is a senior leader or a new graduate, we are all human, we all have made mistakes and we can all learn from each other. What makes you go further in your career is when you experience those setbacks, you can pick yourself off the ground quickly, learn from it, back yourself and keep going.