Getting to know … Eileen McInnes

Master of Journalism and International Relations graduate Eileen McInnes is a public relations and communications professional with NAB and Raven Communication. She’s also a council member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. 

Eileen says being awarded the ACICIS scholarship to work in Jakarta as a Journalist was the best part of studying at Monash University. 

Image for MonashName: Eileen McInnes     

Course: Masters of Journalism and International Relations

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Clayton & Caulfield

Year graduated: 2013

What was the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash?

Being awarded the ACICIS scholarship to go and work in Jakarta as a Journalist as part of my degree. This was able to combine both aspects of my masters (journalism and international relations) and give me practical skills and an experience I will never forget.

Did you balance uni life with a job?

I worked at Tommy Hilfiger, did freelance writing and volunteered at the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria while completing my masters. Volunteering was one of the most valuable things I did in my undergraduate. This is where I was introduced to my first boss and the person who has had the most influence in my career progression. I am now on the Council of the AIIAV and get to work with ex-diplomats, the current State Director of DFAT and many other people who have had interesting and specialised careers.

Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?

I did my undergraduate and mostly chose to study Journalism at Monash because it was conveniently combined with international relations. 

What is your dream job?

There are a number of things I want to achieve in my career. As a consultant working on projects I want to make sure I can keep jumping between jobs so that I keep learning and keep experiencing new things. I have now worked in IT, finance, environment, government agencies, not-for-profit, wind energy and manufacturing sectors. I have always wanted to work on a development project overseas as well as a political campaign.  

Who has been your biggest career influence and why?

My first boss Lisa Bowman has had the most influence shaping my career and work ethic. She pushed me to think creatively and not just toe the company line.

She also pushed me to take advantage of a flexible work environment and pursue my health, look after my body and adapt work to suit me, not the other way around. This advice has served me so well now that I am in the corporate environment. There aren’t many people who are willing to step outside of the conventional way of thinking and this always sets you apart from everyone else.

First job?

Santas Helper at Myer

Worst job?

Jewellery kiosk in Chadstone

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

London – can’t help it, I just love it.

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

Often at work we treat ourselves to lunch at Merchant in InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto. Amazing Italian food and always a treat for lunch if you can manage to get a couple of hours away from work.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Life is about experiences and pursuing creativity, not working 9-5 or through convention.

Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know?

When in the city I love working hard, dressing well and going out for fancy dinners. The rest of the time I just want to get away and spend time camping and hiking.