genYOU Story 32 – Sarah Anzalone

Our 32nd genYOU Story features final-year University of Queensland student Sarah Anzalone! Sarah has been a part of our generationYOU community for a few years, so we were stoked when she agreed to share her story with us. Sarah’s story reminds us that hard work is the backbone of any career journey, and every step (big or small) deserves a pat on the back!

Name: Sarah Anzalone
Current Role: Final year Marketing and International Relations student at UQ.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I have made it to my final year of university, and I am on the home stretch to achieving official “graduate” status. I am studying Marketing and International relations at UQ. Whilst studying, I have undertaken several internships across the public sector, Not For Profit and Start-up space. Being in my final year I feel as if I am at a career crossroads, and I am deciding what path I should go down. Having experience across multiple workplaces and industries has been a valuable tool in guiding my decision making.

I got my first taste for event management through the UQ Marketing and Advertising Society, and I am so delighted to be a part of the Bright Conferences team this year to assist them in delivering their amazing events.

I work in retail, and it is the best industry to build those all-important communication skills. Its downside is that I usually work weekends, but in my spare time, I love to bake and discover new brunch venues. I have also just got a new puppy, so she is keeping me very busy!

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

Where do I begin?!

The generationYOU events are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and share solidarity with other students who are in the same boast as you. These events always host truly exceptional guest speakers. It has been invaluable to hear a diverse range of career journeys and words of wisdom. My favourite event was generationYOU Doyenne, which equipped young women with the skills to flourish in the workforce.

Their #NoFilter content has always served as a refreshing insight into the various career conundrums or the I’m-too-afraid-too-ask-that questions. Case in point; the “Classic networking myths busted” article.

A personal favourite for me is the “Be Your Best Self” collection. These articles have helped me tackle the mental toll of the intern – gain experience – build a network – hustle – be successful – expectations.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I believe it is very important to seek inspiration from those around you every day. Their achievements may not be “flashy” but they remain equally as inspiring. For me, I often turn to the women in my personal and professional networks when I need some #inspo.

Outside of that, I am a huge fan of Bossed Up Founder Emilie Aries. Her work specifically focuses on how women can take control and be a “boss” across every facet of their lives. I highly recommend her podcast Bossed Up, especially for any woman who needs help getting their sh*t together.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

Do not compare your journey against someone else’s. It can be very disheartening if you are mid-hustle and you see someone land an amazing job or have their internship turn into a permanent opportunity. Everyone is on a different trajectory and timeline. Be kind to yourself. Do not beat yourself up just because you have not achieved “success” yet. The merits of your hard work will come in time.

In light of this; remain positive. Adopt a glass half-full approach and practice gratitude. A pessimistic outlook is often a precursor to a self-fulfilling prophecy.