Despite being very detail-orientated and analytical, I thrive on practical learning. I benefited from that experience at VU. I also loved the lecturers; they left a lasting impression that I could drive my own success.
Ingrid Kelly
Diploma of Business (Enterprise), Bachelor of Business

Head of marketing for T2, and Victoria University (VU) business alum Ingrid Kelly has always leaned on the strongest weapons at her disposal – a fierce work ethic, preference for practical learning and love for adventure. As a senior business leader, she shares her experiences and the qualities she’s looking for when recruiting.

“When I finished school, all I knew was that I wanted to experience life outside of Australia and outside of school. So I worked three jobs until I had enough money to travel for a year around Central and South America, the US, Canada and New Zealand.

Upon my return, I considered studying marketing but wanted to be sure it was for me. So I applied for TAFE and I loved it! VU (Polytechnic) worked well for me because I lived in the west, and the pathway was there to step into my business degree a year later.

Studying for hours was never my scene. Despite being very detail-orientated and analytical, I thrive on practical learning. I benefited from that experience at VU. I also loved the lecturers; they left a lasting impression that I could drive my own success.

At the time, I never realised how lucky I was that my parents had drilled into me a strong work ethic and a love for adventure, travel and sport. As a teen I always worked and was fortunate to experience overseas camps and travel around Australia. I always trusted I would land on my feet. This sense of exploration led me to live in London for 15 years.

A career highlight was landing my dream job in marketing for global restaurant chain, Wagamama. My achievements there include establishing the brand in the US and a re-brand in the UK.

I returned to Australia a few years ago and landed another dream job, as Head of Marketing at T2. I love T2’s diverse workforce and the number of women in senior positions. It’s great to have balance in the workforce; it creates interesting conversations, which always leads to a better outcome.

I believe without people, there is no brand – or company, for that matter. When I hire, of course I want the applicant to have the skillset, but – above all – it’s about the attitude, eagerness to learn and openness to fail. Hard work and passion are by far the most attractive qualities in a candidate.”

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