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How I Followed My True Passions: From Law Firm to Healthcare Startup

by Rachel Debeck, Chief Operating Officer

I’ve experienced what you might call an unconventional career path. I began my career as a lawyer in a law firm, but I realised early on that law wasn’t where I truly wanted to be. People and impact have always been my twin passions, so after two years, I shifted to an in-house legal role to get much closer to the business side of things.

Working as an in-house lawyer isn’t really about the law – or at least, not only that – at its heart, it’s about solving problems. Problem-solving is a great skill to develop in any role, and it was the foundation for my move into general management. 

After completing a Master of Management and an MBA and equipping myself with skills in strategy, innovation and disruption, I joined Boston Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures business. Working in the tech industry to help clients build, launch, and scale digital businesses was a great way to apply my legal, commercial, strategy and people skills. After that, there was no turning back for me.

Finding my true calling 

Getting into the business side of a company via an in-house legal position isn’t a path that all lawyers take, but it was a very natural move for me. In-house lawyers develop a strong understanding of the drivers, risks, and opportunities of a business. I loved the opportunity to drive strategy and business success as a company leader because you’re expected to contribute as more than just a lawyer. 

Moving to a role where I would be managing a people function was daunting initially, but I could grasp the opportunities to think differently about building a strategic, people-focused function, learning, trying new things, and taking on a broader remit. The development, engagement and high performance of people have been a key area of interest for me ever since, even when I haven’t been leading a People function. It’s something that’s important to have if you’re a leader with responsibility for other people. 

Now I’m the Chief Operating Officer at Mable, the largest online marketplace of independent care and support workers. With Mable, people with disabilities and ageing Australians can choose their own support team, finding the right people for them and their needs. Importantly, Mable also enables people to provide support to build their own care and support business, providing the opportunity to be part of a growing and rewarding sector.  It’s rare to work for a  business where you can see the impact that you’re having on your customers and the community every day. Mable offered me that opportunity. It’s a powerful motivator. Here, I can build both business success and also have a positive impact on society.

What it takes to be part of a growing startup

I face different types of challenges every day. Maybe the biggest challenge is making sure I’m not focusing too much on one thing at the expense of something else – leading different teams, managing change, continuing to inspire and motivate people, and making sure I’m being effective and always making decisions as we scale. Trying to do all these things at once as I lead a business that’s growing year on year requires a lot of focus and empathy. Getting that balancing act right of where I put my time and attention each day can be a challenge. 

Mable launched in 2015 and since then we have been rapidly growing our team and impact. Since I joined more than three years ago, we’ve expanded from a small team to about 200 employees. At last count, we have around 10,000 care and support providers meeting the needs of ageing Australians and people with disabilities every day.

The work that I have been able to do at Mable is some of the most meaningful work I’ve done in my career. I love being able to be a part of developing and growing our team and watching them bring to life ideas in a way they never thought would be possible. I’m incredibly proud of partnering with Mable’s founders to drive meaningful change in communities across Australia. 

To join a growing business where you positively impact society and make a difference in the lives of people who need it, visit careers at Mable.

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