LifePERSONAL INSIGHT WITH KIMBERLEY VALKANIS - My Virtual Mentor

November 26, 2020by Admin0

“Helping brands and businesses stand out online as well as grow a connection with their audience”

Quick Facts:

  • Lives with a family of 8 + 2 dogs & 2 cats
  • Writes poetry & paints in her spare time
  • Also a ski lover
  • Has a playlist with over 5000 of her favourite songs
  • An advocate for holistic health

When did you decide you wanted to work in media communications?

When I picked up my first camera! I was in year 10 media when they introduced us to digital cameras as well old photography. I even got to see how a dark room works! This opened up my curiosity for the media industry. I then continued it in year 11 and year 12, learning about the history of media communications, copyright, film and even advertising. I made a short film which grew my passion for production work. Out of everyone in my year, I was awarded the media award.

Are you qualified?

I’m not someone who looks at qualifications but rather personal skills like passion! But yes I am qualified. I decided to do a diploma at Deakin University in Media Communication. This got me into a Bachelor of Media Communication (Digital Media).

What did you learn and did you do well?

There was a variety of subjects! Theory of media, social media branding, advertising, journalism, photography, history as well as socialism. I like to think I did my very best. It payed off when I graduated with an overall Distinction. But I think it was my passion that led me to receiving that mark. It was one of my greatest achievements so far.

Did you gain anything from university?

Oh definitely! I was in the top 10 out of 300 students in my social media class who received a letter of recognition for being active on social media. I was an ambassador for my degree on Deakin’s Open Day for 2 years. This meant I got to promote my degree to new comers. This was one of my most memorable university memories. I was offered a scholarship and internship from the Holocaust Museum. Here I completed a podcast series about why media can help preserve historical events. My classes also offered us the chance to create our own website or blog.

Do you have experience with any other businesses?

I took images and managed the social media accounts for a small cafe and dentist. I also created an email marketing campaign for a tech company. All have shown me what to do and what not to do.

Have you  done anything apart from media?

Yes I have 5-7 years experience with customer service. I’ve been a waitress as well as helped with many charity events. So I know how to listen and understand to what a client wants or needs.

What’s happened to you between university and 2020?

Apart from personal and family health problems, I’m going to be completely honest. I was stuck. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has gone through that but it definitely helped guide me to where I am now. I didn’t know what to do after university. I also tried applying for roles in my field and kept getting knocked back. I’m so thankful for 2020 because it helped me self reflect. I decided what my strengths were and that media was something I always had a passion for. I spent 2020 deciding where I wanted to go. And I’m so grateful for Sylv, for giving me a chance.

Who inspires you?

A variety of people! Musicians like Taylor Swift or Dua Lipa. For personal development I look to Brendon Burchard and Sarah’s Day. But for marketing, Jenna Kutcher, Blossom Media or SBJ Studios.

What is something no one knows about you?

I’ve been writing poetry which I never liked in school! I’ve now grown to like fantasy poems which has inspired me to write some. I hope to eventually release a book of them.

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