Course studied: BA (Hons) Enterprise & Marketing, 2015
Position at time of writing: CEO of Pick Protection
Interesting fact: Rebecca has sat on the Prime Minister's Business Council
Pick Protection’s mission is to use leading technology to make the world a safer place.
Pick Protection was initially founded as a company devising innovative personal attack alarms. The inspiration came to CEO Rebecca Pick when her neighbour was attacked and nobody came to help.
However, with a staggering 150 lone workers estimated to be either verbally or physically attacked each day in the UK, she decided a shift in focus was necessary, to concentrate on lone worker solutions, giving peace of mind to employees and employers. We caught up with her to find out more.
Why did you choose Strathclyde?
I chose Strathclyde because I knew I wanted a career in Business and Strathclyde Business School has such a fantastic reputation worldwide. This reputation is backed up by the numerous awards won and the Business School was one of only a handful of triple accredited Business Schools in Europe.
Strathclyde was my first choice for university by a country mile! Not only is the university fantastic but I also love Glasgow so the city itself was another driver as to why I chose Strathclyde. It’s vibrant, friendly and I spent a great four years in Glasgow!"
How did the course and department prepare you for life beyond graduation?
I studied Enterprise at Strathclyde and I loved the fact that the course wasn’t centred around exams, it was centred around project based work. These projects included starting a 'venture' that the group could make a profit from.
There was also more of a focus on presentations and group work which are two vital skills in my current role – I need to be able to speak confidently to roomfuls of people and also I need to work well with colleagues to get things done.
What one piece of advice would you give to current students?
My advice would be to go to as many networking events as you can. Set up your LinkedIn profile and start to build your personal networks. These networks can be incredibly helpful as you develop your career.
What has been your most memorable moment from your career so far?
I was incredibly honoured to be asked to sit on the Prime Minister's Business Council, that was certainly a memorable moment for me. Although for me personally, raising £1.2m funding for the business I started is my proudest achievement.
What are your ambitions for the future?
Right now my focus is growing Pick Protection. I plan to keep learning as much as I can to become the best business person I can. I hope to have a long career and look forward to seeing where the journey takes me!