Published on 22 November 2012
Two new University of the Sunshine Coast Communication graduates will be working at leading advertising agencies in Brisbane and Sydney after winning places in one of Australia’s top graduate trainee programs.
Sippy Downs residents Sarah Muscat, 21, and Anthony Savage, 23, wowed potential employers at an intensive selection process in Sydney this month.
Finalists were required to sell their skills in creative ways during the full-day workshop and presentation event involving more than a dozen top agencies.
After a similar event was held in Melbourne, Sarah and Anthony were announced among almost 50 university graduates from across the country chosen for The Communications Council’s Graduate Trainee Program 2012.
Winners receive a nine-month job contract starting in account management, accompanied by lectures and inspirational speeches by advertising figures.
As part of the program, the USC graduates will attend a live-in Summer School from 21-25 January at Sydney University Village, where they will attend classes on the fundamentals of working in the industry presented by industry heads such as Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft of ABC TV’s ‘The Gruen Transfer’.
USC Lecturer in Advertising Kelly Choong, who encouraged the students to apply, said it was a wonderful achievement for them to earn places in such a well-recognised national program that will open career doors.
Sarah, who last week finished her USC Bachelor of Design and Communication, said she was excited to have landed a position at her preferred agency, George Patterson Y&R, where Russel Howcroft is National CEO.
“I’m from Mackay but I chose to study at USC because I could do the double major I wanted in Advertising and Graphic Design,” she said.
“I want to work my way to the top in advertising, so I’m really happy to have this opportunity to get my foot in the door.”
Sarah will start her role at the firm’s Brisbane office on 29 January.
Anthony, who finished his USC double degree in Marketing and Communication mid-year, earned a position with public relations and communications firm Liquid Ideas, founded by The Gruen Transfer’s guest panellist Stuart Gregor.
“My job starts in the Sydney office on Monday 3 December and is likely to move to Melbourne next year,” said Anthony, who leaves the Coast on Monday 26 November.
“I’m passionate about advertising and the creative side of things and this is a great opportunity to work with clientele and the industry.”
Anthony said he appreciated the guidance of lecturers and tutors who set him on the right career path at USC.
“I’m from country Victoria so I also loved the beach lifestyle here. Everyone was relaxed and happy. It was a good study environment.”
— Julie Schomberg