Mairéad’s career progression ‘on steroids’

According to Mairéad Bilton-Gough, once you get your first break in the media industry your career can take off “like it’s on steroids”.

Since graduating in 2013, Mairéad has worked across editorial, production and marketing roles.

Mairéad Bilton-Gough.

Here is her profile…

Name: Mairéad Bilton-Gough

Course: Bachelor of Journalism (Hons)

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

Year graduated: 2013

Current position: Marketing Coordinator at Port Phillip Publishing

Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?

I was always interested in the media, and loved to write, so journalism seemed the perfect fit. Monash offered the most appealing course, in terms of unit choice and variety.

How did Monash help get you to where you are now?

Studying journalism at Monash led me into the field of online media and publishing, and once you dip your toe into the ever-changing nature of the industry, your career can progress like it’s on steroids. In the four years since graduating, I’ve been a journalist, stepped up to be an editor, jumped ship from editorial into production/design, and then moved into the challenging, creative and rewarding world of marketing. It’s true, once you’ve got your foot in the door, the opportunities are endless. Four years ago, I never would’ve thought I’d end up running marketing campaigns for a multi-million dollar global company. It’s been an incredibly rewarding career progression, and I’m still learning every day.

Best Monash memory?

Lunch on the lawn. There was nothing better than soaking up some sun between classes, with some of the loveliest and most inspiring friends I’ve ever made.

What advice would you give your first-year uni self?

Start interning and freelancing, yesterday. I didn’t start interning or writing for publications until third year. Big mistake. While it all paid off in the end, as I worked my butt off and scored experience with a range of different media outlets that year, it was exhausting. If I’d spread it out over a few years instead, I would’ve got a lot more sleep that year!

What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?

If you really want a job, you will get one. I think the fear tactic is used a lot – that it’s impossible to get a job in journalism, so work hard or you’ll be jobless and homeless. I heard this countless times, so much so I was convinced I’d never get a job. But I guess the tactic works, because it does make you work hard for what you want. Yes it was hard work, and applying for jobs is strenuous and seems never-ending, but it does end. You will get that job. And once you’ve got one, the opportunities are endless.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

This is a tough one to answer. There are so many influencers and influences that have shaped me along the way. I guess if I could chose one person who – in a way – helped me get to where I am today, it would be the careers counsellor from high school. She laughed when I said I wanted to be a journalist, said I’d never get a job. It was so satisfying when I eventually did get my first job, just for the fact I’d proved her wrong!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Leading a team of incredibly talented creatives who love coming to work every day.

What was your very first job?

My first job in the industry was as Music Magazine Editor at a grassroots media company, The Australia Times. My first job as a teenager was at a local bakery.

What was your dream job growing up?

To work in the music industry. I didn’t want to be famous, but still wanted to be there for the ride!

Any hidden talents?

Irish dancer.

Any pets?

Two golden retrievers and a bengal cat.