Staff Profile – Carmen Reilly
Name: Carmen Reilly
Title: Web Coordinator
School: Office of the PVC Health Sciences
How long have you worked at Curtin?
I joined Curtin in April 2013 as the Marketing Publications Assistant with University Marketing.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
Nowhere! During my studies at Curtin I completed a work placement at Perth Zoo, contributed writing to a number of publications and worked in retail, but the University Marketing role was my first ‘real’ job. After eighteen months I became a Writer at UM, and about eighteen months after that, here I am!
What do you like best about your role?
I enjoy working with a wide range of people in all areas of the faculty. I also like the problem-solving nature of the role. When something goes awry on the website you put your investigator’s hat on and hunt down the root of the problem. It’s satisfying when you can fix up an issue and have everything running smoothly again.
Why did you choose your current career path?
As everyone knows, the Health Sciences Marketing team is exclusively blonde. I’ve always wanted to be a blonde, so joining the team was a great move for me. I now wear a permanent blonde mullet wig and have never felt better.
But actually, my background is in professional writing and print publishing and I wanted to branch into the web realm. This role lets me work with social media, email comms, digital analytics and various other content management systems, which are sought-after areas of expertise in today’s job market.
Target, working in the men’s department. I got really good at folding pants.
I did a brief stint as a door-to-door sales person in Melbourne. It was horrifying.
What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?
I’m working on a social media plan for Health Sciences Marketing. This involves scheduling content to post across Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media platforms. It will be a great opportunity to create some engaging content (‘soft’ marketing as opposed to the hard sell) to get prospective students interested in studying health at Curtin.
Your favourite place in the world and why?
The Karri tree forests down south. They are beautiful and eerie and cleansing all at the same time.
Your favourite cuisine and why?
So hard to choose… ‘Australian Contemporary’? So basically everything.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
To relax. Seriously though, try relaxing every muscle in your body for a few minutes… It genuinely feels strange but it works wonders for the body and mind.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
I’m sixth-generation Anglo Australian on both sides, which is frankly pretty weird and suggests a certain degree of inbreeding.