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By THINK Education 29th October 2014

How to Find a Career You Love with Lisa Wilkinson

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” 

- Confucius

There are thousands of inspirational and idealistic quotes preaching change and the achievement of life goals. There are few more quoted that the classic Confucian idiom about pursuing your passions for a long and happy life.

It seems like good advice but is it really true? 

For journalist and TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson, who has enjoyed a stellar career across magazines, radio and television, her career pathway came as a serendipitous 'stroke of luck'. She saw an advertisement for a Secretary/Editorial Assistant/Girl Friday at Dolly magazine soon after she completed her HSC and just knew she had to apply. Dolly had been her favourite magazine as a teenager, and she had become obsessed with the world of media, news and opinions.

Armed only with her HSC and an Advanced Secretarial Studies certificate, which she earned from a local business college, Lisa applied to Dolly and landed the job. Finding herself working for a young women’s magazine that was staffed almost entirely by journalists in their 40s and 50s, Lisa saw an opportunity to provide a youthful perspective on the content and was soon promoted to Deputy Editor, and later to Editor at the age of 21. She was the youngest woman to be editor of a women’s magazine in Australian media history.

At age 25, Lisa was head-hunted by Kerry Packer to become the editor of Cleo magazine. Leaving a successful tenure at Dolly, Lisa turned Cleo into the highest selling women’s magazine in the world over her 10 years as editor. This position firmly established Lisa as a respected authority on women’s issues, popular culture and other national and international issues – all from an ad for a secretary.

Lisa Wilkinson is an event ambassador for the Festival of Change happening 7-9 November 2014 - if you haven't already - register to attend here.