Communications is the career that I never knew I always wanted. And I’m not alone. According to a recent article by the ABC, many of us have a portfolio of careers in our lifetime: we’ll hold a series of roles and take a few career pivots. That’s certainly been true for me.
I started a psychology degree after high school, before recognising it wasn’t for me and taking my leave at the end of my first year. I would return to tertiary studies years later, but not before gaining invaluable work experience in the big wide world.
At 20 years old, I was a shiny new production assistant at a magazine publishing company and loved it. Gardening, motor and craft magazines didn’t exactly light my fire, but I enjoyed the process of magazine production and that I got to work alongside writers, designers and photographers.
I even enjoyed booking container ships, believe it or not. Nothing tests your problem-solving skills like 40,000 copies of a yet-to-be-published magazine stuck on a container ship on a reef!
Fast forward five years, I had been managing my department for a while and was ready for a change. But not before a belated gap year overseas. Yolo!
Next was my tenure at a design agency, where I utilised my project management skills and got a glimpse of fast-paced agency life.
A few years later, marketing diploma in hand and a communications degree underway, I made the move into client services: I was a fully-fledged agency ‘suit’.
I cut my teeth working at marketing communications agencies, where I managed clients from a range of different sectors including travel, hospitality, finance and FMCG on everything from marketing campaigns to custom magazines.
However, my heart was in communications and public relations and I chased projects where I could manage events, create collateral and pursue media engagement. I loved strategy, writing and talking, so PR was a great fit.
I then landed my role as a Senior Consultant at Hardman Communications and haven’t looked back. Here, I get to apply my epic communications degree (nine years!) to develop and execute client strategies for a range of awesome clients in agricultural and industrial sectors.
Again, they’re the industries I never knew I always wanted to work with.