School of Indigenous Studies

Krista Johnston


UWA Arts Graduate Krista Johnston 


After I finished high school I had no idea of what I wanted to do. I was pretty slack at school and my grades weren't that brilliant. I started a Bachelor of Arts degree, however after 3 weeks of uni, I decided to postpone my studies to take a year off to work and travel.

I wish I could say that upon my return to university I was refreshed and ready to take on my studies, however I still struggled. In truth I found academic study quite difficult. If it wasn't for my family and the School of Indigenous Studies I don't believe I would have graduated and achieved what I have to date.

I graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Economics and Industrial Relations. In my last year at university, I was lucky enough to get vacation work in Human Resources at Woodside Energy Ltd. Upon completion of my degree I was accepted onto a graduate program at Woodside as an HR Advisor. My interest in HR came from my studies in Industrial Relations where I completed units such as Workplace Law and Employee Relations.

I stayed at Woodside for just over five years and have now been at Horizon Power for a little over 3 months.  I am now an HR Business Partner at Horizon, where I partner the business in decision making around employment matters.

Human Resources is a demanding field, which requires the ability to be able to understand business and how it works, as well as employment related legislation. Being able to work closely with people is also very important as the main role of HR is to guide, educate and influence management.