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Melissa Smith

Welcome to your alumni magazine: the career edition

For many of you, your career may have started the day you set foot on campus at RMIT for the first time.

Once you graduate, the next chapter begins – and as many of the alumni interviewed in this career edition of the RMIT Alumni Magazine discovered, it can be an unexpected, sometimes challenging, but hopefully rewarding journey.

For this third edition of the magazine, we interviewed alumni from a range of fields to discover not only how they got to where they are, but what success means to them.

We spoke to Graeme Simsion about his incredible story of career change, going from IT to best-selling author of The Rosie Project; Chau Nguyen Huyen, who quit her corporate job to start a tech-savvy charity in Vietnam; and our cover star Amy Vale, Head of Global Business Marketing at Spotify, on how she forged a successful career in an industry that didn’t exist 10 years ago.

Their stories illustrate how, with the right approach, every career has potential to create value and fulfilment in our lives, not only professionally, but within our families and communities as well.

For many of the alumni we interviewed, success is really about values: not only as a framework for decision making, but as motivation and meaning behind everyday work.

In our interview with RMIT’s new Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean, CBE, he summed it up this way: “I get resilience from knowing that every decision that I make, everything that I do, I do for the right reason... Often it takes an incredible amount of courage to do what’s right. I think that’s why it’s important having values, not just organisational values, but your own values, the way you want to live your life.”

Here at RMIT, we want to provide meaningful opportunities through the alumni community. You can do this by joining our Career Mentoring Program, which connects alumni with students to allow you to share your experience with the next generation. By donating to our Scholarship Philanthropy Fund you can support disadvantaged students in their education – and RMIT will match your donation*. You can access any of these opportunities via our website:

Wherever you are in your career, we hope you enjoy the magazine and it inspires you to reflect on your own career and the values that drive you forward every day.

This is the innovative digital version of the RMIT Alumni Magazine that can be viewed on your iPad, Android tablet, personal computer or mobile phone. Let us know what you think of the magazine – send us an email at, tell us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Tweet #rmitalumni – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Melissa Smith
Director, Advancement

*Donations will be matched up to $10 million to the end of 2015, or until funds are allocated.

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