By Eloise Barclay
This week I chat with Veronika Gresack, a graduate of QUT’s Bachelor of Mass Communication. Check out our interview below to gain an insight into life after university and learn about the importance of networking and maintaining relationships!
What degree did you study at QUT?
I completed a Bachelor of Mass Communication, majoring in Media and Communication, as well as Entertainment with a minor in Marketing (bit of a mouthful I know!).
Where have you worked since graduating and what is your current role?
I landed my current job 3 months prior to graduation with SBS as a Media Sales Coordinator. I am in the ABC building in Southbank!
How did you get your current job?
One of my best friends – who I actually met on my first day of university – got an internship with Starcom, an advertising agency. That internship turned into a full-time job for him. My boss approached him and asked if he knew anyone studying the same degree who was also about to graduate. And the rest is history!
What elements of your degree have you used in your career?
My degree was Mass Communications, which is pretty broad, so there is not one particular skill that comes to mind. However, what I learnt throughout my degree has been helpful in more ways than I ever thought possible. I found that writing assignments helps to build a strong eye for detail, presenting orals develops confidence and group assignments instil the patience you need for collaborating on projects in ‘the real world’. To be honest, I didn’t realise how many skills I gained from my degree until I started using them in my job.
What are you loving about your job?
I love learning about all the specific, niche jobs that I had no idea even existed. I feel as though university portrayed that there were only four career paths – Lawyer, Accountant, Teacher or Marketer. I had no idea what an Account Manager even did until about 6 months ago! Seeing the many different career paths that are out there (and specifically at SBS) is very inspiring and motivating.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
At the moment I am in the midst of transferring to the SBS head office in Sydney. A year ago, I went on QUT’s Media Study Tour to Sydney and we visited SBS – so it is crazy to think that a year later, I will be there on the sales floor as an SBS employee!
What are your goals for the future?
Goals for the future, ah the eternal question! I have no idea – as I mentioned before, there are so many roles out there. I am trying to dip my toes into as many projects as I can so that I can see what I enjoy the most.
How do you maintain a work life balance?
I really enjoy socialising with people! A good day for me is a day where I am surrounded by people. Work-life balance for me means scheduling a lot of dinners and breakfasts so I can see as many friends as possible whilst still attending to my work commitments.
Do you have any tips for current students who want to get into the industry?
I remember thinking I didn’t have any industry related connections and had no idea how to gain them. Since leaving university I have come across so many people who were in a first year class of mine, or even someone I regularly saw just walking through the campus. It’s funny how you think you know no one, until you take a step back. It definitely proves that you should treat all of your peers with respect because they could be recommending you for a job in 5 years’ time!