Today we’d like to introduce you to Marta Miranda, a graduate from our class of 1993. Marta is currently working as a Master Data Lead. Here’s what she had to say about her career path.
What subjects did you study in Year 12?
Home economics, English, Maths, Drama, Legal, Psychology
What are some of the roles you have held in your career?
- Community Radio Grants Manager
- Master Data Manager
- Account Manager
- Data Lead on Large System implementations
- Promotions Co-ordinator
What path did you take to get to where you are now?
I’ve always been a hard worker and have readily put my hand to learn new things. I studied at Tafe briefly, then found an office job and worked my way up in organisations and roles, to become more senior and gain more experience.
Who inspired you to get where you are?
My first manager was a man who always encouraged others. He helped me go from an Office Junior to a Senior Account Manager of a major Airline within a year. He always told me to not be afraid to make a mistake and give things a go.
What do you love most about what you do?
I enjoy the simplicity of an area I understand and assisting people in education and understanding the way systems work.
What are you most proud of in your career?
My volunteer work. I have spent the last 25 years in community radio in various roles outside of my normal day job and I thoroughly enjoy it, its a great passion of mine and something I get so much from. I am also proud of the networking and connections I have made whilst working for some amazing global companies, this has set me up in a good position for when roles become available people will always reach out to me.
What has been the most challenging thing about your career?
Trying different types of roles and then realising that I am actually good in the Data and Systems space. Not being afraid to try another area, a few years back I gave up a great contracting role to work for a recruitment company and then realised a week later that I made a mistake. Then being resilient enough to just get back to what I love.
What have been some career highlights?
The amazing connections and friendships I have made along the way, travelling interstate and being able to gain so much more experience and not taking work opportunities for granted.
Do you have anything special that you remember about your time at Killester College?
The friendships I made along the way, the nurturing teachers and my amazing Drama teacher who told me I had so much potential on the big stage, that I think it translated into my love for my community work.
Do you have any words of wisdom/advice for our Killester Girls?
Don’t overthink things, there is so much emphasis to be someone specific or do something specific, but I encourage you to always put up your hand to try new things in the work environment and to look for ways to enhance your developmental path. Most organisations really encourage you to take the lead on this nowadays. You have nothing to lose in life by giving something a go or trying something new.
There is no right or wrong in a career, do what makes your heart sing. You really want to be in a position to say “at least I gave it a go”, you will find your way and find what truly makes you happy.