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Contributors

 
Thanks to all the RMIT alumni (and staff) who helped create this edition of RMIT Alumni Magazine. We asked each of the contributors for this edition: What did you want to be when you graduated?
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Martin Bean CBE
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University
By the time I graduated, I was already pretty heavily involved in technology and education - looking at the way technology is used to help people learn. And that’s luckily what I’ve been doing ever since.
Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University
By the time I graduated, I was already pretty heavily involved in technology and education - looking at the way technology is used to help people learn. And that’s luckily what I’ve been doing ever since.
Claire Buckis
Claire Buckis
Editor, RMIT Alumni Magazine, Senior Communications Advisor, Advancement
I knew I wanted to use my writing skills and I wanted to make a difference – I was open to wherever that would lead.
Editor, RMIT Alumni Magazine, Senior Communications Advisor, Advancement
I knew I wanted to use my writing skills and I wanted to make a difference – I was open to wherever that would lead.
Ellen Burgin
Ellen Burgin
Communications Assistant, Advancement
Bachelor of Communications, Professional Communications, 2013.
I was living in Singapore after finishing my course in Vietnam, so I thought I’d end up working in marketing and communications in South East Asia.
Communications Assistant, Advancement
Bachelor of Communications, Professional Communications, 2013.
I was living in Singapore after finishing my course in Vietnam, so I thought I’d end up working in marketing and communications in South East Asia.
Angela Ferguson
Angela Ferguson
CEO, Futurespace
Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design, 1998.
I never had a clear plan, my goals were more about doing something fulfilling and that was useful in the world.
CEO, Futurespace
Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design, 1998.
I never had a clear plan, my goals were more about doing something fulfilling and that was useful in the world.
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Miranda Forstmanis
Miranda Forstmanis
Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Psychology, 2013. Master of Communications (current).
Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Psychology, 2013. Master of Communications (current).
Jamie Forsyth
Jamie Forsyth
Chief Operating Officer, Keep Cup
Bachelor of Business, Marketing, 1995.
I always knew I was going to start my own business, I had so many ideas!
Chief Operating Officer, Keep Cup
Bachelor of Business, Marketing, 1995.
I always knew I was going to start my own business, I had so many ideas!
Kate Jones
Kate Jones
Freelance journalist
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1999.
When I graduated I wanted to be a print journalist in a Melbourne newsroom. News is unpredictable and diverse, and Melbourne serves up more than enough news for a journalist to sink their teeth into.
Freelance journalist
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1999.
When I graduated I wanted to be a print journalist in a Melbourne newsroom. News is unpredictable and diverse, and Melbourne serves up more than enough news for a journalist to sink their teeth into.
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Melba Marginson
Melba Marginson
Executive Director of Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women`s Coalition
Masters of Social Science, Policy and Management, 2001
My Masters was about knowledge-building so I wanted to be able to understand public policy and how I could write better policy submission, how I can run my organisation better and understand it in the not-for-profit sector. So it was about qualifying me to become a better CEO: how to manage, how to lead organisation, and that was my focus.
Executive Director of Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women`s Coalition
Masters of Social Science, Policy and Management, 2001
My Masters was about knowledge-building so I wanted to be able to understand public policy and how I could write better policy submission, how I can run my organisation better and understand it in the not-for-profit sector. So it was about qualifying me to become a better CEO: how to manage, how to lead organisation, and that was my focus.
Emma Phillips
Emma Phillips
Photographer
Diploma of Arts, Applied Photography, 2005.
I wanted to be like photographer Annie Leibovitz when I graduated! I had a strong desire to be shooting creative portraits for magazines.
Photographer
Diploma of Arts, Applied Photography, 2005.
I wanted to be like photographer Annie Leibovitz when I graduated! I had a strong desire to be shooting creative portraits for magazines.
Thomas Preuss
Thomas Preuss
Bachelor of Applied Science, Applied Physics, 1980.
After I completed my degree I decided I would have a better chance of getting a job if I had some postgraduate experience, so I commenced a Masters degree in Physics.
Bachelor of Applied Science, Applied Physics, 1980.
After I completed my degree I decided I would have a better chance of getting a job if I had some postgraduate experience, so I commenced a Masters degree in Physics.
Peter Rad
Peter Rad
ARTIST
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, 1992.
A working photographer in New York!
ARTIST
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, 1992.
A working photographer in New York!
Graeme Simsion
Graeme Simsion
Writer and Screenwriter
Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting, 2013. Diploma, Professional Writing and Editing, 2014. Honorary Doctorate, Communications, 2014. I thought I would be a bestselling novelist and successful screenwriter, because I was already on the path, and they were reasonable expectations by that point.
Writer and Screenwriter
Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting, 2013. Diploma, Professional Writing and Editing, 2014. Honorary Doctorate, Communications, 2014. I thought I would be a bestselling novelist and successful screenwriter, because I was already on the path, and they were reasonable expectations by that point.
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Amy Vale
Amy Vale
Head of Global Business Marketing and Branded Experiences, Spotify.
Advanced Diploma of Business, Advertising, 2005.
I went straight into advertising - for quite a period of time I established myself in Melbourne working in agencies and building up a business there.
Head of Global Business Marketing and Branded Experiences, Spotify.
Advanced Diploma of Business, Advertising, 2005.
I went straight into advertising - for quite a period of time I established myself in Melbourne working in agencies and building up a business there.
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Philip Zmood
Philip Zmood
Former Director of Design, GM Holden; Euro Design Associates
Associate Diploma of Art, Industrial Design, 1966.
I always wanted to work at Holden. I kept asking them for a job, but they wanted me to finish my education. As soon as I graduated, I got a job there.
Former Director of Design, GM Holden; Euro Design Associates
Associate Diploma of Art, Industrial Design, 1966.
I always wanted to work at Holden. I kept asking them for a job, but they wanted me to finish my education. As soon as I graduated, I got a job there.

RMIT Alumni Magazine

 

Director of Advancement: Melissa Smith

Alumni Manager: Keiran Hargreaves

Editor: Claire Buckis

Digital Design: Krafthaus

Art Director: Kate Noseda

Editorial Assistant: Ellen Burgin

Contact us:
RMIT Advancement
www.alumni.rmit.edu.au
alumni@rmit.edu.au
+61 3 9925 5222

With special thanks to everyone who provided input into this edition:
Nick Cubbin (photos of Angela Ferguson), Ehrin Macksey (photos of Chau Huyen Nguyen), Carla Gottgens (photo of Melissa Smith), Lorenza Bacino (interview with Amy Vale), Paula Ruzek (proofreading), Dawn Hewitt, Sue Birch, Jennifer Newport, Sandra Schipano, Ellen Burgin (interview with Graeme Simsion).

Contributors

 
Thanks to all the RMIT alumni (and staff) who helped create this edition of RMIT Alumni Magazine. We asked each of the contributors for this edition: What did you want to be when you graduated?
Martin Bean CBE
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University
By the time I graduated, I was already pretty heavily involved in technology and education - looking at the way technology is used to help people learn. And that’s luckily what I’ve been doing ever since.
Claire Buckis
Claire Buckis
Editor, RMIT Alumni Magazine, Senior Communications Advisor, Advancement
I knew I wanted to use my writing skills and I wanted to make a difference – I was open to wherever that would lead.
Ellen Burgin
Ellen Burgin
Communications Assistant, Advancement
Bachelor of Communications, Professional Communications, 2013.
I was living in Singapore after finishing my course in Vietnam, so I thought I’d end up working in marketing and communications in South East Asia.
Angela Ferguson
Angela Ferguson
CEO, Futurespace
Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design, 1998.
I never had a clear plan, my goals were more about doing something fulfilling and that was useful in the world.
Miranda Forstmanis
Miranda Forstmanis
Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Psychology, 2013. Master of Communications (current).
Jamie Forsyth
Jamie Forsyth
Chief Operating Officer, Keep Cup
Bachelor of Business, Marketing, 1995.
I always knew I was going to start my own business, I had so many ideas!
Kate Jones
Kate Jones
Freelance journalist
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1999.
When I graduated I wanted to be a print journalist in a Melbourne newsroom. News is unpredictable and diverse, and Melbourne serves up more than enough news for a journalist to sink their teeth into.
Melba Marginson
Melba Marginson
Executive Director of Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women`s Coalition
Masters of Social Science, Policy and Management, 2001
My Masters was about knowledge-building so I wanted to be able to understand public policy and how I could write better policy submission, how I can run my organisation better and understand it in the not-for-profit sector. So it was about qualifying me to become a better CEO: how to manage, how to lead organisation, and that was my focus.
Emma Phillips
Emma Phillips
Photographer
Diploma of Arts, Applied Photography, 2005.
I wanted to be like photographer Annie Leibovitz when I graduated! I had a strong desire to be shooting creative portraits for magazines.
Thomas Preuss
Thomas Preuss
Bachelor of Applied Science, Applied Physics, 1980.
After I completed my degree I decided I would have a better chance of getting a job if I had some postgraduate experience, so I commenced a Masters degree in Physics.
Peter Rad
Peter Rad
ARTIST
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, 1992.
A working photographer in New York!
Graeme Simsion
Graeme Simsion
Writer and Screenwriter
Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting, 2013. Diploma, Professional Writing and Editing, 2014. Honorary Doctorate, Communications, 2014. I thought I would be a bestselling novelist and successful screenwriter, because I was already on the path, and they were reasonable expectations by that point.
Amy Vale
Amy Vale
Head of Global Business Marketing and Branded Experiences, Spotify.
Advanced Diploma of Business, Advertising, 2005.
I went straight into advertising - for quite a period of time I established myself in Melbourne working in agencies and building up a business there.
Philip Zmood
Philip Zmood
Former Director of Design, GM Holden; Euro Design Associates
Associate Diploma of Art, Industrial Design, 1966.
I always wanted to work at Holden. I kept asking them for a job, but they wanted me to finish my education. As soon as I graduated, I got a job there.
RMIT Alumni Magazine
 

Director of Advancement: Melissa Smith

Alumni Manager: Keiran Hargreaves

Editor: Claire Buckis

Digital Design: Krafthaus

Art Director: Kate Noseda

Editorial Assistant: Ellen Burgin

Contact us:
RMIT Advancement
www.alumni.rmit.edu.au
alumni@rmit.edu.au
+61 3 9925 5222

With special thanks to everyone who provided input into this edition:
Nick Cubbin (photos of Angela Ferguson), Ehrin Macksey (photos of Chau Huyen Nguyen), Carla Gottgens (photo of Melissa Smith), Lorenza Bacino (interview with Amy Vale), Paula Ruzek (proofreading), Dawn Hewitt, Sue Birch, Jennifer Newport, Sandra Schipano, Ellen Burgin (interview with Graeme Simsion).