Yvette McDonald graduated from a Masters of Commerce in Human Resource Management in 2004. She has worked at Coca-Cola Amatil since 2003 and is currently the company’s National HR Manager.
I made my career choice because...people fascinate me. The choices they make and how they act is really interesting. I enjoy that everyone is unique and unpredictable. I love that in my job there is always lots of variety.
You might think that working for Coca-Cola Amatil is all beach balls and bikinis if you judge it by the TV ads. Not all our meetings have beach balls in them though…
Seriously, the thing I love about working for CCA is that we are always looking for a better way to do something and the customer is central. I have stayed at CCA for such a long time as I have had a really interesting variety of roles, working in different parts of the business, on acquisitions and in our subsidiaries.
At School I…loved art classes. I loved the freedom to create and explore.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have...never studied physics. It was really not my thing.
My most impressive achievement is...having two fantastic children. I was not always convinced I wanted to start a family, however, having done so I have found it to be incredibly rewarding and fun.
My most exhilarating experience so far has been...walking the Inca Trail. I had horrendous altitude sickness, but managed to push through to get to the end. It was worth it.
My biggest unrealised wish is...to travel through Morocco and Southern Africa. I will get there when the children are older.
Others say I...ask good questions.
You might be surprised to know that I…know how to program a computer! My undergraduate degree was in Economics with a major in Computer Science and Government. On my last day of uni, I knew I never wanted to program again and wanted to pursue a career with people.
At the moment I'm inspired by...conviction based leadership. Our political leaders make decisions on keeping focus groups happy. I really admire leaders that make decisions that are unpopular but are the right thing.