genYOU Story 22 – Mikayla
Our EPIC 22nd genYOU Story comes from our superstar Intern Mikayla Scells! Mikky will be graduating mid-2018, and we’re stoked we could be a part of her journey!
Name: Mikayla Scells
Current Role: Completing a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries, majoring in Marketing at QUT.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
I’m currently in my final semester of Uni at QUT. With graduation fast approaching, I’m having to decide very quickly what I’m going to do after my life as a student. Ideally, I would love a job that takes me all over the world but I’m realistic with the fact that that is a dream for a lot of people starting out like me.
At the moment, I have a rough idea of what I would like to pursue as a career which would be in digital marketing but honestly, as long as I’m in a job I love, I will be a happy girl. But through trying some different roles, I’m still slowly defining exactly what that is for me.
How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?
With graduation coming up super fast, I had been extremely anxious about what the next steps for me would be. It was hard to know whether or not I have the skills and knowledge that deemed me ready to get out there and get a full-time job. generationYOU has opened my eyes about so many truths when applying for and starting out in roles.
After my experience with genYOU (both as an intern and event attendee), it was easy to feel comfortable and confident in what I had to offer and made me realise that it doesn’t have to be a hard, stressful process when starting my career. As long as I am willing to put in the effort and work hard, there is nothing stopping me from doing anything I want to do and genYOU helps you remember that.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Honestly, I get inspiration off of every person who helps or mentors me along the way. Every time someone gives me advice or guides me in anyway, it motivates me to keep pushing forward, learn from them and keep learning what more I can do to better myself.
I find it inspires me because often, it is easy to forget that there are people out there in the industry that genuinely want to help you move forward when you are first starting out and aren’t sure how to establish yourself. When you come across someone so willing to help you, it really does help as inspiration to keep going and fighting to be where you want to be.
What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?
Jump into things headfirst and give it your best go! No matter if you hate what you’re doing, or you know it’s not for you, at least then you can cross it off the list but you haven’t burnt any bridges by not giving it your all.
But also saying yes to things, you never know what opportunities that might bring your way or what you could learn from the people around you!