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Born and raised in Australia, I am currently based in Hong Kong. I have travelled to over 40 countries and plan to visit at least 40 more. I am an avid reader with an insatiable appetite for fiction and facts alike. I truly believe that the best way to succeed in life is through education and the best way to an education is through reading and reading widely.
Currently I am seeking out freelance opportunities in Hong Kong and abroad. If you would like to know more, or would like to work together, please do get in touch.
2016 to Now: Freelancing in Hong Kong
English Editor and Writer
I edit and write English copy. My main client is from the Marketing and Management department of a local university. I focus mostly on business education, which is more interesting than it may first appear. I’ve also written for an online luxury marketplace and am just starting out as a travel writer. You can find a portfolio of my published work here.
Private English Tutor
I tutor English to students aged anywhere from 2 to 60+. I write and plan most of my own lessons with a focus on my students’ goals. Many of my students enjoy my creative writing workshops and all of them love a quick game of Uno to finish up.
I fly through the skies and across continents as an Onboard Courier. My job is to deliver highly time-sensitive cargo from Asia to the rest of the world. I travel about twice a month and still love the feeling of visiting places completely new and foreign to me.
For the past three years, I have worked as a City Manager for Sage Corps. For eight weeks over summer I mentor and manage groups of elite university students from the US during their internships at a variety of start-ups.
Front of House
I occasionally work as Front of House staff for popup events and do other ad hoc hospitality jobs as they come along. I manage guestlists and very long queues, handle cash, assist with on-the-spot complaints and focus on providing top quality customer service.
2014 to 2015: Masters of Science in China Business Studies
Studying at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
I received a full tuition scholarship to complete my Masters in Hong Kong. I got top grades and graduated with Distinction. My work was regularly shared as examples of what to do to improve and get better grades. I learnt a lot about Chinese culture and the business environment in the Mainland. It’s a fascinating place of which I have still have so much to learn.
Part-time Personal Assistant
At the same time, I was also supporting myself by working part-time as a PA/nanny for an über wealthy expatriate family. This was a responsibility the vast majority of my fellow students did not have to shoulder.
Market Analyst Intern in Shanghai
As part of my degree, I completed a six-week internship at Export Madrid in Shanghai, which is essentially the Chamber of Commerce for Madrid, Spain. I learnt the fine art of networking, business card swapping and diplomacy. I also overcame some serious cultural differences sharing a tiny hotel room with one of my classmates.
2013: Goodbye Australia, Hello HK
Oxfam-Monash Partnership Internship
I started off 2013 in South Africa. I was selected as just 1 of 10 students from my university to participate in an internship programme in partnership with Oxfam. I worked at Project Empower, a grassroots NGO promoting HIV prevention and women’s rights in Durban. My appreciation for what it takes to thrive as a woman, especially one from an impoverished background, expanded exponentially.
The End of my Undergraduate Degree
I completed my Honours year of my Bachelor of Arts in Melbourne, Australia and graduated, finally! I wrote about China’s soft power in Africa for my thesis. Once that was over, I started to look for work outside of Australia.
Moving to Hong Kong
I then got a job in Hong Kong at a university. I was there to help instil a more global, entrepreneurial mindset in the first-year Business students and help improve their cultural awareness. Did I succeed? Probably not. But I did have a lot of fun trying.
2009- 2012: Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Global) majoring in International Studies
I started my undergrad degree in 2009 and realised that taking a break of a few years after high school put me much further ahead than the other students straight out of school. I valued my education far more plus I was more confident to talk to the lecturers and tutors and share my ideas. Several of my tutors encouraged me to do an Honours year.
I also had one of the best years of my life when I did two consecutive student exchanges to Hong Kong and South Africa respectively. These experiences were life changing and something I will always remember.
Student Organisations: AIESEC and Oaktree Foundation
After my year away, I came back and joined the student organisation AIESEC. I wanted to encourage other students to also explore opportunities beyond Australia as well as develop some professional skills for myself.
I also participated in a leadership programme by The Oaktree Foundation. I lead a team of other students to collect donations and organise a charity garage sale.
Participating in the South American Business Forum
In 2012 I also went on to win an essay competition to gain entry to the South American Business Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I consequently had to network and hustle to gain funding. I ended up covering 100% of my costs to attend the conference.
2005 – 2008: Jamie the Explorer
I quit my first attempt at university and travelled extensively throughout South East Asia. I taught English in Cambodia for a year and a half and also got my CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) in Thailand.
I learned that to get where I wanted to be in life I actually needed a university degree. I also went through the 1000 or so life lessons we all go through transitioning from teenagers to adults. I have zero regrets.
Want to know more? Want to work together? Please get in touch.