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Meet Tahlia Carter from SAE Perth. Tahlia is an Industry Liaison Coordinator and helps students fulfil graduate outcomes and work placement.
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Whats your background?

I studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Interestingly, it was a PR & Media Sponsorship Internship experience that led me to enter the world of Recruitment/Talent Acquisition (in both Melbourne + Perth). I am a Career Mentor/Coach and I have spent most of my background helping professionals and millennials find purpose, brand themselves and build meaningful careers.

Share a hobby

I think there is power in slowing down and taking a break from the daily grind. So, when I am not spending quality time with my family/friends, I can often be found getting outdoors in nature, having a dip in the ocean or taking a pilates reformer class.

Where is the first place you would visit when overseas travel resumes?

I would say Japan with my family. We are craving being surrounded by people, quirky spaces and delicious food.

Who inspires you?

I love to consume media and content across multiple social platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). So it’s difficult for me to pick just one page that I draw inspiration from.

Currently, I love following the journey of the current Australian of the Year, Artist and Advocate, Grace Tame (@tamepunk). Wow, she is one incredible and inspiring young woman!

Kirsty Neilson's finished portrait of Grace Tame
Engaging and consulting with the WA Creative Industry is also a big part of why I enjoy my position at SAE.
Do you have any professional projects you are working on at the moment?

Yes always! Currently, the projects I am working on at SAE Perth are for a handful of exciting and meaningful work placement opportunities with local creative conferences and arts festivals.

How would you describe your opportunities to interact and engage with students at SAE?

There are multiple opportunities to engage with students at SAE! So although I enjoy a face to face catch up (usually over a tea or coffee), recently we have seen a shift in the way we do business and a rise in remote practice across the creative industries. Therefore, I have truly embraced digital platforms such a Zoom, Discord, Google Hangouts, Slack. I think we are very fortunate with the type of technology that makes interacting and staying connected with each other very easy (and fun).

What are some of the qualities you bring to students?

With close to ten years of experience now in the recruitment space, particularly, in Career Mentoring within the creative industry, I continue to leverage this knowledge to provide industry advice to students in anything career-related.

In this process, I am a strong believer that soft/transferable skills play a huge part, so I am always mindful of this in my own practice and interactions with students and industry. My approach is to create long-lasting relationships/friendships and to always maintain respectful, open and collaborative communication, whilst connecting young people to work in fun and innovative ways!

What do you most enjoy about your position?

The people are what I love most about being in my role at SAE. Being surrounded by creative, passionate and talented people continues to drive my practice within both the Education sector and the creative community.

I love to understand the career goals of the young professionals/students that I work closely with. Listening to what they want, and then providing the tools, support and guidance to go out there and get it truly makes me happy.

Engaging and consulting with the WA Creative Industry is also a big part of why I enjoy my position at SAE.

Can you offer any advice for students seeking employment or work placement opportunities?

A piece of advice for young professionals entering the industry would be don’t wait for things to happen, you need to create the opportunities for yourself. Often this means stepping out of your comfort zone to get to know your industry and the professionals working in your local community. (Networking takes a lot of practice).

What advice do you have for new students and how they can set themselves up for success for studying at SAE?

As a new student get involved with SAE life and say yes to all opportunities (within reason) presented to you. It’s through the on-campus events and industry opportunities that networking will organically happen, and lifelong relationships will be made.

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