Published on 16 December 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Lucy Warren has struck career gold after landing a place in the graduate development program of a leading Australian mining company.
Lucy, 22, of Buderim, graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Public Relations last year and now works as a communications officer at Rio Tinto Alcan in Weipa, Far North Queensland.
The former Matthew Flinders Anglican College student has a range of public relations responsibilities including local media relations, organising community forums and hosting film crews, photographers and media on site.
“Rio Tinto is a great company to work for, with operations around the globe and a strong focus on the development of its people,” Lucy said.
She said her USC degree laid the perfect foundation for working in any industry.
“My degree gave me a real-life, practical introduction to public relations,” she said.
“I took advantage of a range of the international study, work experience and placement opportunities USC had on offer.”
Lucy spent two semesters of her degree at RheinAhrCampus in Germany from 2011 to 2012 as part of USC’s Global Opportunities (GO) Program.
USC’s GO Program enables students to study at partner institutions overseas while earning credit towards their degrees.
Lucy completed an internship with the Qantas Airways Corporate Communications team in Sydney and vacation work at QAL (Queensland Alumina Ltd) in Gladstone.
She chose to study at USC because it offered a more hands-on university experience, which was closely aligned to her professional aspirations.
“I first found out about the Bachelor of Public Relations degree through a USC information session in my final year of high school,” she said.
“After hearing about what courses would be offered in the program and the job opportunities I knew it was the degree for me.”
— Jessica Halls