My Melbourne with Kate Mulqueen

June 12 / 88

What is your unit?

I work in the Future Students team in the Melbourne School of Engineering

What is your job title?

Student Recruitment Coordinator (Domestic)

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne? 
I began as a student here in 2000 and began working here in 2006.

How did you come to work at the University?

Having completed my undergraduate honours degree here (in Arts), I applied to work for the Law School in 2006 where I began as a student advisor. My plan was to work for a year and then go overseas. Now, a Masters degree and two position changes later, I'm still here!

Describe your typical day.

I look after undergraduate recruitment pipelines to engineering, so this means inspiring young people and under-represented groups to consider careers in engineering, and promoting the University as the best place to study. After checking my emails, I'm busy organising recruitment events, looking over presentations, briefing current students for recruitment events, meetings with recruitment or admissions focused working groups, attending on-campus or off-campus events to speak to prospective students and writing for our Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest newsletter and updating its Facebook page.

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

It is the chance to encourage young people to study at university. Although I haven't come from an engineering background (I did my honours in the history and philosophy of science and then completed a masters in marketing), I am a passionate advocate of education and am very proud to be an alumna and a staff member at the University. I think it's the old buildings...they're just so romantic!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

"Just do it. Otherwise one day, you won't have done it and it will be too late."

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

I am a singer, songwriter and actor, and I completed a diploma of acting at the National Theatre Drama School, in St Kilda in 2010. Here's some shameless self-promotion: you can check out some of my music on my Triple J unearthed page at:, and can find out about my upcoming gigs by 'liking' my Facebook page at

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

I used to be a Seven Seeds girl, but now I'm at Engineering, Kere Kere is the place to go.

What do you like most about the University?

It is beautiful and full of interesting, inspiring, engaging, creative, dedicated and intelligent people.

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