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Graduate Success: Stefania Barba

Stefania Barba is a Macleay 2012 Event Management graduate who is now the event coordinator for Fraser Motorcycles and Ducati Australia & New Zealand. She also helps run the MotoGP in Phillip Island later this year.

What's your role?

I'm the event coordinator and I work across both accounts. I started in January as an assistant and got promoted not too long ago! There's 40 or so people at head office, then others working at Fraser's five different franchises around Australia and Ducati's 30 distributors.

How did you get the gig?

I got the job in November, before I'd graduated from Macleay. The interview process was pretty cool, I went in and met with the HR department, then came back and met the Marketing department - then I got the call and got the job. There was also an online test which I think was more psychological stuff - about your behaviour, manner, etc.

What kind of things do you get up to?

I plan the events from beginning to end and work in with a lot of other companies to get it going. I do everything from run sheets, watching the budget, ordering t-shirts and organising online registration.

What are you working on right now?

The MotoGP as well as a few touring events and expos where we have a booth and show off our bikes and our clothing range.

Was it an interest in events, or a love of motorcycles that caught your eye?

Just interested in events. It's been great to learn about the bike industry, I've gained an interest in the field. I also enjoy the people I work with and the company I work for. I'll be here for a while.

What drew you to Macleay?

I wanted to do plenty of work experience and Macleay's the place that offers it. I did the Diploma of Business Management, specialising in Events Management over two years. This way I was able to work three days a week and study the other two. While I was at Macleay I completed an internship with Great Big Events and was offered a job from there. I worked with them for a year and a half and then changed to Fraser after I finished my diploma. An opportunity came up so I took it.

What did you learn at Macleay that's helping you now?

Work experience. It definitely helped me in getting the job, because it's all good to learn how to do events management, but learning what to do in the industry and learning on the job is so important. All the practical, organisational side of things was stuff I learnt at Macleay.

Number One job perk?

Definitely the travel. I visit dealers around the country, so every month or two I'll head to Melbourne, Perth, Queensland or New Zealand.

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