IN FOCUS: Natasha Chilcott
University is the perfect opportunity for students to explore which career path they are looking to follow and for many of us just starting we may not know what it is we want to major in. To give you better insights to life after a degree and a few words of passing wisdom, The Griffith Collective is starting a new thread of blogs, IN FOCUS, to highlight some of our Alumni who have found success after graduating. Each blog will focus on one Alumnus from Griffith’s different disciplines to give students a wider perspective from past students.
First off, we have Natasha Chilcott, a recent graduate of Griffith Business School. Natasha graduated Griffith with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing in 2016. During her studies, she completed an internship in the Office of Marketing and Communication at Griffith. Since graduating, Natasha has opened her own business, SHOUT Marketing, back in her home Canada. SHOUT Marketing offers digital marketing services to small local businesses. Natasha’s experience in marketing led her to realise that her passion lies in helping small business maximise their marketing return.
What does a typical day for you look like?
A typical day includes client meetings, heading out to projects that I am working on with customers, creating posting schedules for Instagram and Facebook as well as keeping my clients’ Pinterest, Houzz, and other social profiles up to date. I also manage my web designer; SEO specialist, photographer, and social media intern who helps me cover all areas for my clients’ digital marketing needs.
What is one thing you would have done differently at University?
I honestly believe I seized most of the opportunities thrown my way, but there’s no such thing as ‘over doing it’ in University. I suppose I could have been more engaged in University associations and groups, but I found this hard to balance with paid work, internships, and keeping my grades at high distinction.
What advice do you have for students studying your degree?
Don’t simply show up to class. A Bachelor of Business is a general degree and future employers are looking to see how you set yourself apart. Take on as many job opportunities in a range of areas as you can. You need relevant, highly regarded work experience to prepare yourself for a job in the industry you choose. Volunteer, work for the university, apply for everything you can find, and be disciplined when it comes to study. If you can, find a mentor who has also gone through your program and has successfully transitioned into a job they love. And don’t forget, your time at Griffith will be some of the best years of your life, don’t waste them!
By Zehra Rabbani