Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August 7. Day 220. Girl Power


"But where are the jobs?" It's the question I don't even bother to wait for at Open Days etc. I see it in the frightened eyes long before it reaches the lips. The answer is like a Facebook relationship status "it's complicated". Or perhaps it isn't. The only thing that complicated it, is that the jobs might not yet have a name or a description dear old folk like me can fully articulate. In whatever space and by whatever means people communicate with each other, professional communicators such as journalism graduates are being employed. Exhibit A. Sarah Moran. These days Sarah's business card says CEO and co-founder of Girl Geek Academy. It has been a long and winding road from QUT Journalism graduate nine years ago to this point. Highlights have included such things as being one of the first people on the planet whose day job was tweeting when she worked as the Social Media Manager for Virgin Blue way back in 2009. Remember that Tourism Queensland Best Job in the World campaign? Yep, Sarah was there. She spent most of 2012 sailing around the world as the Director of Communications for Unreasonable at Sea. When Sarah enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism in 2005, jobs like these didn't exist and there's every chance the jobs this year's intake will secure also don't yet exist.  Today's job market is like a choose-your-own-adventure book and the picture on the dust cover should be Sarah Moran if only because she has the most excellent taste in clothes, in shoes and in ear-rings. She now also has an Outstanding Alumni Award presented this morning at a Gala Breakfast. Because she is an outstanding alumni and a jolly nice girl geek she agreed to drop in to one of my journalism classes today to spread the word about taking that first step on the road to a new career .... whatever that might be. See, it's not that complicated.


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