The Geelong born and bred co-runs the GGConnected project for the Geelong Gallery with the aim of developing the relationship between the Geelong Gallery and local, emerging artists and creatives.
For Stephanie Kline, there’s been nothing more valuable than gaining exposure to industry while studying a Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media). Stephanie took the plunge and landed a part-time social media coordinator position, after completing multiple internships throughout her Deakin degree.
“I had completed two internships before applying to the Geelong Gallery and I found I loved working in the creative arts sector. I just really enjoyed being out there and doing things in the industry and wanted to keep seeing what I was capable of if given the chance. I was very lucky that the Geelong Gallery gave me and another student the chance to drive the GGConnected Project and really shape it to be ours.”
What Stephanie has learned throughout her degree has paid off in spades, allowing her to apply her acquired knowledge to real work experiences. Prior to Stephanie’s studies at Deakin, she studied an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. Her choice of study came down to her love for cameras, graphics and having a creative mindset.
While her day-to-day activities differ, Stephanie’s role with the Geelong Gallery involves building online communities and helping clients find digital content solutions.
“Some days I am creating graphics and planning upcoming social media posts and other days I am talking to artists or trying to spread the word about the project,” she explains.
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Communication, problem-solving, self-management and critical thinking are just some of the transferable skills learnt from studying communication that Stephanie’s been able to apply, resulting in a seamless transition to the industry.
“I knew it would be a different ball game once I broke into the industry and each workplace would be different. Once I understood how things worked, it was about adjusting my thinking and ideas to meet what was required of me.
“In saying that, I feel that this will be a major part of my working life. Being flexible and changing your mindset to what you’re working on and what your goals are, will be an ever-evolving element.”
Digital media is an exciting, expansive, and competitive industry. For students looking to land a job in the industry while studying, to build their industry-specific skillset, Stephanie says go for it!”.
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