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Rebecca Washburn '09 Finds a Good Fit in Hong Kong

Rebecca Washburn '09 Finds a Good Fit in Hong Kong

When Rebecca Washburn graduated she was not entirely sure how the details of life after college would play out, but of one thing she was certain: “Somehow I was going to get to Hong Kong.” Once she settled on a location, the other pieces of her career puzzle eventually fell into place. Today the communication major with a heart for international ministry works in Hong Kong as a regional English copywriter for Crocs, the American maker of colorful, slip-on clogs. She also serves on a worship team in her Hong Kong church, sharing the gospel through music, drama and other creative arts.

Crocs sells its shoes in more than 90 countries through retailers such as Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and The Sports Authority. In 2010 it reported nearly $790 million in revenues and expects its 2011 revenues to surpass $1 billion. While Crocs’ fans favor the shoes for their comfort, the company has been a good fit for Rebecca, too. “To be honest,” she says, “it was the easiest and most relaxing interview I had ever been to.”

Once hired, Rebecca learned how she edged other candidates out for the job. “One, I wrote an awesome press release. Two, I was well-prepared for the interview. And three, I built an excellent rapport with the managers before the interview.” She fully credits these skills to training she received from GC’s communication department and Professor Veronica Ross.

“Living in Hong Kong is tough,” admits Rebecca, a native of Highland, IL. “Personal space is nearly impossible. You step outside and get exhausted just by looking at all of the people.” Yet all of those people, she knows, need Jesus. “Ministry plays a huge role in my living in Hong Kong,” she says. In a money-driven culture where personal ambition, wealth, and intense competition dominate, the need for a gospel of love and peace is significant. Meeting people at the point of their need is key. Rebecca helps her church host local university students in friendly “cafés” that couple Christian teaching and worship with language tutoring, career and relationship development.

Just like the shoes she promotes, Rebecca has taken great strides to find a “good fit” for work, worship, and service in her new life after college. “I love what I do,” she adds – a detail that makes even a great fit, better.

This story was published on February 10, 2012

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