After studying a Bachelor of Nursing, Cassandra decided she needed more creativity in her life and completed both the Diploma of Journalism and the Diploma of Advertising & Media. Cassandra is now working full-time as a Graphic Designer for the The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I've always loved drawing, writing, quantum physics and design, however after school I found myself working in disability support work and as an assistant nurse. I went on to study a Bachelor of Nursing while doing community work in India, Singapore, rural NSW and various Australian Indigenous communities. I graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing and loved it, but soon decided I needed more creativity in my life. I did a Diploma of Journalism (and PR) at Macleay, worked in social media and web content for the Salvos, then decided I wanted more skills. So I came in to enrol in Marketing. I met Jason Gemenis and wound up enrolling in Advertising. It was one of the best decisions I've made!
What are your aspirations?
I would love to be an Art Director, and simultaneously I dream of running a design and illustration studio.
How did Macleay help you realise these aspirations?
Macleay helped me see outside the medical field bubble I'd been in for so long and gave me the tools to realise my long-buried dream of being a designer. I love that I didn't actually get a formal design qualification, but I got to learn about the Advertising industry and see where and how design fits in.
Why did you choose Macleay?
I chose Macleay mainly because a friend of mine had so many good things to say about it, and I didn't want to have to go back to uni to do a 4-year degree, or a post grad qualification which I may not use.
What was the Macleay experience like?
Studying at Macleay has its ups and downs, just like any educational institute, but as with all education, you get out what you put in. I loved my tiny class and being able to have interesting conversations in class with my teachers and fellow students.
Professionally, what are you up to now?
Right now, I am working full time as a graphic designer in the not-for-profit sector, within a Communications team. I am learning loads every day, filling in the blanks where I am lacking in technical design knowledge and learning how to come up with gorgeous and effective designs, websites and videos, while making clients happy. I miss copywriting, but for the first time in years, I am in a job I absolutely love. I also do freelance work here and there for small businesses, mainly around branding.