In April of this year, Skye graduated from the University of Newcastle, where she completed a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Public Relations with Distinction. Skye feels extremely fortunate to have been the first member of her family to complete tertiary education.
It was her love of exploring new cultures, making new friends, and of course pasta, that led her to study abroad during her second last semester of university in Florence, Italy at the Institute of European Design. Upon returning home from Italy, Skye was offered a New Columbo Plan scholarship, where a small group of students from her discipline were invited to travel to Malang, Indonesia, and put together a comprehensive PR campaign that would transform a war-torn village into a popular tourist destination.
It is the combination of these experiences that inspire Skye to work and think globally, allowing her to thrive in the creative marketing role that she is pursuing at The Myrtec Group today.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
From 8-5, Monday to Friday, you will find me at my desk, applying creativity, discipline and curiosity. I love my job so this comes naturally to me. Of course, it also helps that I share an office with six of the most passionate, kind, and hilarious people I’ve ever met. Outside of 8-5, I know exactly what my top priorities are: myself, my family and friends, and my work (in that exact order). Understanding this means I can organise the rest of my time with intention. I am grateful that the people I am surrounded with, at home and at work, are extremely supportive and allow me to give and take as necessary in different seasons where my priorities require shifting.
What motivates and drives you?
In terms of work, my biggest motivator is my team. My success is their success. And vice versa. At The Myrtec Group, we exist purely to help local businesses remove their barriers to success, particularly technology-related barriers. What drives our entire team is seeing our clients succeed. This, coupled with the fact that despite me being the youngest person on my team, I am always treated with equal respect and my contributions are valued, is what keeps me focused.
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession (or in general)?
To be successful, you have to be resilient and consistent. I’ve found that so much of marketing is trial and error. To date, there’s been a lot of trials and a whole lot of error, I’m still figuring it out. But the most important thing that I have learnt in my career thus far is that you don’t have to be the smartest or the most experienced person in the room. You just have to be the person willing to roll up your sleeves, learn as you go and most importantly, back yourself.
How do you define success?
For me, there is no pinnacle of success, I just want to continue living my best life every single day. This means being surrounded by my loved ones, consistently inspired and constantly being challenged – just so that I can keep learning and evolving. I would really like to drive a Range Rover one day though.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Motivated, genuine and reliable. Oh, and I am such a Taurus.