JOB: Marketing Coordinator, Chemical Solutions Ltd
QUALIFICATION: Graduate Diploma in Business (Marketing)
"Running my own hospitality business near National Park skifields sparked my interest in marketing, and gave me the experience needed to be accepted for the Graduate Diploma in Business. Although I came back to study 17 years after leaving high school, I was surprised at how well I managed. I won the Marketing Excellence Award twice, and scored 100 per cent for my Advertising Practice course – the first time the department has ever awarded this mark.
I think it came down to being focused – as a mature student I had a good understanding of what I wanted to achieve. Although I felt I had a reasonable appreciation of marketing before I started the programme, learning the intricacies of how it really works was crucial to me getting my job. I currently manage the Marketing Department so everything comes across my desk, and I really enjoy the diversity of the work. I’m already building a marketing team and my assistant starts in a couple of weeks."