Beth Young

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Beth Young

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Bachelor of Communication, 2009

Deputy Editor, AsiaLIFE magazine (Vietnam)

Graduate life has taken Beth from the quiet shores of the Sunshine Coast to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Writing for AsiaLIFE magazine, she immerses herself in the colour, culture and characters of this amazing city, bringing their stories to life for others. Culture shock? Not really. She explains how university study has given her the confidence to take it all in her stride.

What does your job involve?

I pitch story ideas and angles, interview people, research, write short copy and feature articles, sub-edit and work with freelance writers. Right now I’m trying to organise a focus group to gauge youth attitudes in Vietnam for a story. It’s interesting because Vietnam has undergone a huge cultural shift in the last couple of decades. I can’t wait to see what kind of responses we get. It is a fantastic position for a young writer like me.

What is the best thing about your job?

Every day is different and I love meeting all the interesting characters who live in Vietnam. There are plenty, that’s for sure!

Why Vietnam?

My boyfriend Bill and I were travelling through Southeast Asia and we stopped here to meet a friend. We fell in love with the place and decided to stay. I’ve lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for just over two years now.

How did you get the job?

I began freelancing for AsiaLIFE about a year ago. At the time they didn’t have any full-time positions available, but I hung in until they did! 

How has your study at USC helped you professionally?

Studying at USC really set me up for working in the real world. I took advantage of all the internship and work experience opportunities and did as many placements as I could. I worked at the Weekender Magazine, The Sunshine Coast Daily and PlaceMakers Public Relations and Marketing, as well as organising Operation Rescue – an event to promote emergency services on the Sunshine Coast. The
journalism internships especially taught me how to determine the best angle for an article, interviewing etiquette and writing skills, plus much more. It didn’t feel like I’d been flung into the deep end when I  started at AsiaLIFE as I’d already had a chance to put all the theory I learnt at uni into practice before entering the workforce.

What did you enjoy most about your study at USC?

I really liked the small classes and the access I had to my tutors and lecturers.

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