Ready for some real world insight? It’s time to get up close and personal with the Director of Media for the next Commonwealth Games, Natalie Gauld.
With over 25 years’ experience in media and communications you could say that Natalie has a wealth of knowledge ready for us to get across. Once a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) student, Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Communications), majoring in Journalism.
Immediately after University Natalie applied and successfully secured a cadetship at the Townsville Bulletin. In early 2000’s Natalie held a position as the first female editor of The Queensland Times in Ipswich and also over in New Zealand at Hawke’s Day Today.
Fast forward a few years and Natalie is the Director of Media, for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and bear with me, the Office of the Commonwealth Games, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business Team. Wow that’s was a mouthful!
Journalism has allowed me to see the world – I have worked in States and Territories across Australia as well as Canada and New Zealand
– Natalie Gauld
Natalie then went on to comment, that “it’s interesting to see how much people want and rely on information and how fast that information is now available.” Which is true we now live, work and play in a 24/7 connected environment.
Just to give you an idea, Natalie’s typical day consists of:
- monitors the news
- writing and reviewing media enquiries, media statement and speeches
- organising media events.
When Natalie first saw the opportunity to work on the Commonwealth Games in 2018 she jumped at it, or as I like to say high jumped at it. “It is a rare and exciting opportunity” she said. Natalie went on to say that what she studied at University was exactly what she needed to help land all the jobs so far in her career.
Natalie’s advice for budding professionals
For those young professionals who are still studying or looking to kick off your career Natalie’s advice is to “do as much work experience as possible.” Natalie recommends completing internships, more than just the required one for your degree. Get out there and “complete an internship, you will learn lots and make great contacts” she said.
Competing internships are “one of the best ways to get your foot in the door.” It shows potential employers and those around you that you can successfully “juggle work and study.” But “most importantly shows how keen you are.” It’s not always what you know, but who you know.
By Brendan Modini