My Melbourne with Elizabeth Graham

April 12 / 83

What is your unit?

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

What is your job title?

Acting Manager, Marketing and Recruitment

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

16 months

How did you come to work at the University?

I've been working in the higher education sector since 1998, at institutions all over the
world including the University of Queensland, the University of Manchester and the
University of Massachusetts. From the moment I became aware of the University of
Melbourne, it was my goal to work here.

Describe your typical day.

Recruitment is cyclical, so our tasks usually depend on the time of year. We have work
which raises the profile of our Graduate School and University, events that build our
pipeline of prospective applicants and activities which convert these applicants into
students. These all occur at different times for both our international and domestic
markets, for each of our semester intakes. So I don't really have a typical day, which is
part of what attracts me to my job - though meetings and emails are definitely a

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Marketing and recruitment is challenging, fast-paced, and every day is different. I love
it. I'm fortunate to work with a team of people who are great at what they do, reliable -
and also fun to be around! The programs offered by GSHSS are interesting and unique,
and the academics who teach into them are really dedicated. I take pride in being
involved in the promotion of our Graduate School.  

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Listen more, talk less. It's a constant challenge for me as I am a natural chatter box, but I
recognise it is sound advice.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

I compete in Australian and Victorian beach volleyball tournaments, and I had my best
finish on the national tour this year, placing ninth. Most of my colleagues would
probably know this about me though, as I love talking about volleyball! 
Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Le Bonne Bouffe in the Student Union. They do a delicious ham and cheese croque
monsieur and coffee for just $5. You can find me there most mornings.

What do you like most about the University?

I like the history of the University, the beautiful campus and the romantic buildings. I
like that our jobs are all incredibly different and varied, and yet it takes every staff
member to deliver the world-class education that is provided by the University of
Melbourne. Even though everyone gets busy and stressed at times, I often walk across
the campus and think how fortunate I am to be working here.

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