genYOU Story 01 – Bella
Our first story comes from the amazing and quirky Bella Quaid. We first met her back in 2015 when she volunteered in our first generationYOU event.
Name: Bella Quaid
Current role: Marketing Assistant and Founder and Director of MIMA WTH LOVE
“generationYOU was my first work experience gig and introduction to the world of marketing. I volunteered with the Bright team in 2015 and assisted in creating brand awareness amongst Millennials for the first ever generationYOU conference in Brisbane. To say this experience shaped my career progression is an understatement. Being part of the launch of genYOU fueled my hunger for marketing and highlighted the exciting opportunities available to me if I worked hard enough.”
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career?
People would describe me as practically perfect and extremely humble.
But, jokes aside.
I’m a witty, passionate marketer who loves to come up with new ideas and business strategies. I don’t like to follow the status quo and am not afraid to test out a marketing idea that hasn’t been done before. I plan to have a diverse and rewarding career and want to try my hand at lots of different things in the business world.
My enthusiasm for marketing has taken me all over, most recently as a Marketing Assistant and as the founder and director of online fashion boutique, MIMA WITH LOVE. And I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Zoë Foster Blake is my ultimate inspiration. She has continuously redefined herself throughout her career by making her own rules. Throughout her 10+ career alone, Zoë has gone from a journalist to a best-selling author and most recently, the CEO and founder of skincare brand, Go-To. She is a true inspo for all Millennials out there who don’t want to be put in a box or limited to one profession and is living proof that if you work for it, you can achieve ANYTHING.
What is the one advice you would give your fellow millennials when you reflect on your own journey?
As clichéd as it sounds, never give up on your dreams, fellow Millennials. Before landing a graduate position, I applied for over 40 jobs and received a lot of no’s before any yes’s. If I had given up after being told no, I wouldn’t have received the opportunities I did and be in my dream position today. Keep going when the going gets tough and great things will start to happen.
I’m sure of it.