Hey gal, this is me…. I’m Corinne! My name is pronounced like Lauren with a C, and I’m 23. I’m a Media and Comms graduate from UNSW, where I majored in journalism with a focus on terror & religion. I was born in London and moved to Australia as a kid with my Mum and Dad, however luckily I get to go back to the UK pretty often 🙂
If I were to describe myself in three words… Total hummus addict!
I always blow my paycheck on… activewear, coffee and PRICELINE.
I’m currently… Working full-time in an awesome role as a content producer at a digital marketing consultancy in Sydney. I create content strategies for clients across the industrial, fashion, finance and ecommerce industries. My job involves curating articles, designing client blogs and creating other cool stuff, like infographics and eBooks.
I got into it because… I’ve always loved writing, and when I started looking for full-time work after I graduated uni, I knew I still wanted to be doing something that I was passionate about (basically for my own sanity). Digital marketing is an awesome blend of creativity, analytics and strategy, and I love being able to create stuff for my clients and then see it come to fruition, and see the benefits their investment has brought to their business.
What I love about it… I work with a bunch of absolute legends, and we all have a lot of fun together – whether it’s monthly team lunches, going away to conferences or just Friday nights at the pub, I didn’t realise how social full-time work would be, and how close you become to your colleagues. Although I guess it’s a bit of a given when you’re together 9-5 everyday!
What I don’t love about it … For the first six months I was slogging it from the Northern Beaches to Chippendale for work, and that commute was TOUGH. Four hours on a bus everyday? Absolutely not fun (although I did get through a record amount of audiobooks). I’ve moved to Newtown now, which is a much quicker commute and has brought it’s own magic to my life, but I do miss being able to quickly pop over to my friend’s places after work to watch Game of Thrones!
What I’ve learned from the experience… I’ve learned that I really thrive under a routine, which I definitely did not realise before. They say that ‘life is what happens when you’re making other plans’, and having a similar everyday routine has taught me to always step back and enjoy the small things that make each day great. Whether it’s having a great call with a client, an awesome session at the gym or having dinner with a mate on King Street, sometimes it’s good to forget the bigger picture and just enjoy the smaller one for awhile – even if it’s just a day.
My advice to anyone pursuing this pathway is…. Put yourself out there as much as possible! I was lucky to be offered my role pretty quickly out of uni, but there really is no substitute for experience. If you’re not sure about what you want to do, the only way you’re going to find out is to try it – start an internship, volunteer somewhere, enrol in an after-school class. There really is nothing cooler than a gal who’s following her passion with everything she’s got, and interesting people always gravitate towards those that are showing a keen interest in life and are taking real initiative to pursue their dreams.
I’m passionate about… Feminism, the gym, writing, animal rights, jazz music.
Most people don’t know this about me, but …. I worked in Finland for a couple of months, on a farm 350km North of the Arctic Circle, using quad bikes to train husky dogs to pull sleds. It was a pretty badass couple of months. I’m now studying for my Cert III in Dog Training, and want to one day work training guide dogs. I’ve also been told I’m a pretty good singer… and I’ve got a few tattoos up my sleeve!
P.s In 5 years time I’ll be…. Rugged up in front of the fire somewhere a little colder than Sydney sipping a glass of red wine, so that my 15 husky dogs can be in a climate they’re very happy with!