genYOU Story 08 – Amelia

Focused, gutsy and brave (yep, she jumps out of planes), Amelia Hough joined the team as our first intern in Melbourne. Inspired by her travels, friends and the people she meets she is not afraid to take risks and challenge her potential in a fast-paced world. 

Name: Amelia Hough
City: Melbourne
Current role: Working and completing a double degree in Arts and Business, majoring in Media and Communications and Marketing

How did you get involved with generationYOU and how did you find this experience?

I remember I had just gotten back from my overseas exchange semester in the Netherlands and I was desperately trying to find something to do so I wouldn’t have too much time to sit and look at all my travel photos. The generationYOU call to arms for a Melbourne marketing intern and it honestly sounded too good to be true – I jumped at the chance to be involved in an event that was aimed at getting the best out of people just like myself. The energy, goals and values of generationYOU were immediate draw cards – I’ve loved the opportunity! 

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

It feels like I’m definitely at a point in my life where I should start figuring everything out (at least that’s what my career counsellor told me last week). I’m currently completing my double degree in Arts and Business, majoring in Media and Communications and Marketing. I always knew that I wanted to enter a field that allowed me to be creative, that challenged me and was something that constantly offered different and exciting opportunities – basically, I quickly found out that accounting wasn’t in my future.

The ultimate goal would be to be able to work with innovative, inspiring minds that challenge me to become better myself. Whilst I don’t have a clear end-point in mind yet, I’m so excited to test the waters outside of university and generationYOU has been a phenomenal stepping-stone along the way.

What inspired you to do what you are doing now?

Looking back on the last few years, I can say with almost full certainty that it is my peers both inside and out of University that have constantly pushes me forward. When I take a moment to look at what my friends and classmates are achieving, how hard they are working and the opportunities they are constantly reaching for, it inspires me to do the same. I’ve never viewed classmates as competition, I think they are the most valuable resource at your fingertips – simply because they share your ambitions and passion for your chosen field.

Constantly engaging with the people around you really gives you fresh ideas and different perspectives – without the support of my friends and fellow student at university I wouldn’t have the same ambitions that I do now. 

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

As I grow older and my interests and areas of passion change, I find that so do my inspirations. As a five year old my idol was the one and only purple Wiggle, Jeff – a man who truly appreciated the value of a good nap.

These days, I am constantly inspired by fierce, unapologetic women who let their body of work speak for itself as a testament to their drive and capabilities. Across so many fields are women who excel, women such as Serena Williams, J.K Rowling, Cecile Richards, Samantha Bee, Julia Gillard, Carrie Bickmore, Leigh Sales…the list is encouragingly long.

You have the attention of over 1000 millennials. What is the one advice you would give them when you reflect on your own journey?

I’ve always been the type of person to throw myself head first into situations, sometimes doing it literally by bungee jumping off a bridge or skydiving out of a suspiciously small plane. Often, it takes a lot of courage to take that first jump – whether it be applying for that job, reaching out to a potential mentor or putting yourself forward and stretching the boundaries of your comfort zone.

But often you’ll find that once you grit your teeth and take the plunge, the feeling of trepidation or fear that you felt beforehand is replaced by adrenaline, excitement and accomplishment (especially when your parachute opens on the way back down to the ground). You’ll never know what your potential is until you start testing it.