Monash helps Lauren out of her shell

Lauren Raffa says studying in the Monash journalism program changed her as a person and allowed her to come out of her shell.

Lauren’s journalism studies have given her the edge in her career, where she now works as the Marketing Coordinator for Airnorth. 

Here is her profile…

Lauren Raffa.

Name: Lauren Raffa

Course: Bachelor of Journalism

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

Year graduated: 2014

Current position: Marketing Coordinator at Airnorth

Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?

I’ve always been a people-person, forever enchanted by good stories and good story-telling. I decided that journalism would be a great place to start. I didn’t exactly end up pursuing journalism in my professional career, but to this day I still rely upon my training. I’ve found that my journalism background is definitely an edge when applying for broader communication/media related roles.

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

By allowing myself to immerse in different types of units, I got to hone in on what my passions were, and alternatively, realise what I didn’t want to pursue. Studying journalism changed me so much as a person. As a typically shy person, it encouraged me to get out there and how necessary it is to actively pursue what you want. I definitely credit a lot of my mature confidence to studying journalism. You can’t afford to be shy and hope things come to you! You have to get out there, make connections, and be proactive.

Best Monash memory?

Everyone was so lovely and approachable in tutorials. It was so easy to make new friends, I still keep in touch from time-to-time with some of my fellow alumni’s. It’s so great to see where everyone has ended up after uni. Some friends I know are working at top publications internationally and nationally, and some have taken the communications route at awesome companies, like myself.  I also loved being able to hear the opinions of my peers in such a safe and respectful environment. Learning from my lecturers, and fellow students, opened up my perspective on a myriad of different ideas and situations.

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

Launch yourself into internships from your first year. Do anything and everything you can get your hands on. You’ll learn what you like, and what you don’t like. Also, the more experience you have fresh out of university, the more likely prospective employers are to take you seriously.

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

It’s going to take time to get that first job. It can get you real down, and it sounds so cliche, but you just have to keep going. You will get a job, and once you do, you will probably never be without one permanently again. All it takes is getting that first one, and it’s definitely the hardest!

Who has been your biggest mentor?

My father. He has always encouraged tenacity, strength, risk-taking and a positive attitude.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I hope I’m working in a company that fulfils me and contributes positively to the world, yet also allows for a positive work-life balance to raise a family. Although I’ve already done a fair bit of travel, I hope I’d have ticked a few more countries off my list.

What was your very first job?

I worked in a bakery in Oakleigh. If you’re asking about professional, I was a Marketing Coordinator for an athlete recruitment company that sent young athletes from Australia to colleges in the USA.

What was your dream job growing up?

To be a fashion writer sitting at the front row of Paris Fashion Week. I’d be lying if I said it still wasn’t swirling up there in my head from time-to-time!

Any hidden talents?

Ever since I was young, I’ve always been able to start and clear a good book in under 24-hours. Hands down, every time. If I get sucked in, it’ll be finished by the next day. Once a book worm, always a book worm!

Any pets?

I’ve left two fur babies at home now that I live and work in the Northern Territory. Marley the black Labrador and Mischa, a Maltese cross Toy Poodle.