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This month we are profiling our new IELTS Stakeholder Relations Officer Stéphanie Béthencourt . Stéphanie takes over the role from Bethany Marett who has left IDP Education to undertake a year of travel and adventure.
Tell us about your background before coming to IDP Education
My previous role was in a media and event company, based in London, where I organised global conferences and forums. I worked closely with Directors from large conglomerate firms to start-ups to ensure that each exhibition and conference was delivered to a high standard. I travelled a lot and I met some really interesting people who were at the forefront of their respective industries.
Tell us why you came to Australia and your favourite things about the country
I came to Australia from the UK with my partner who was offered a job over here. It’s the little things I love about this country – the relaxed attitude, the quirky differences (who knew you were allocated seats at the cinema?!), wombats (very cute, though not so good to curl up with I hear!) and the weather, of course.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you meet – and why?
I'd love to meet Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. She was a great character form the late 1700s in the UK who was a famous socialite known for her beauty and sense of style and trend-setting hats. She was also a political campaigner in an age where women’s rights had yet to be won. Not everything was rosy though with difficult marital arrangements, catastrophic affairs and an addiction to gambling, but she certainly knew her own mind, personally raising her children when it was something that all high-society ladies left to a nanny.
An invite to a party at the Duchess’s house would be an honour. I would have to insist on wearing one of her hats.
Who or what inspires you?
The Paralympics were in London in 2012 and I went to see some of the athletics. It was so inspiring to see people overcoming their disabilities – sight impairment, loss of limbs, short stature…whichever it may be – to compete on a world stage at such a high standard and level of excellence.
What is your motto?
Always look on the bright side of life (following through with the rest of the Monty Python song).
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Enthusiastic, optimistic, energetic.
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