Ariel Lao’s passion for culture and languages, and willingness to work in the industry while studying, landed her a job at an international marketing firm.
Digital marketing specialist at IG Group Australia
At RMIT, I made some lifelong friends coming from different backgrounds, and I believe it helped shape me into an open-minded global citizen.
“My RMIT experience equipped me with academic knowledge in languages and cultures – topics I have always been passionate about. At RMIT, I made some lifelong friends coming from different backgrounds, and I believe it helped shape me into an open-minded global citizen.
“After graduating from Advanced Diploma of Translating and Interpreting, I was able to work as a professional interpreter and translator. My cross-cultural communication skills developed further in Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and I found myself falling in love with helping people from non-English-speaking backgrounds settle in Australia. I consequently became an in-house interpreter for the Austin Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital.
“My current role as a Chinese marketing specialist in an international firm makes the most of my linguistic and cultural heritage. I am in charge of the company’s marketing requests to China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia, translating and editing analysts’ market commentaries into Chinese, designing marketing campaigns in Chinese with the sales team and coordinating Chinese representatives to organise webinars and seminars.
Top tips for RMIT graduates: “Be resilient in the job hunting process and gradually build up personal networks with different professionals. Be proactive and committed to things you like, but most importantly, know where your passion is.”