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Jamila Rizvi, BCom (2010), LLB (2010)


Jamila Rizvi is author of the best-selling Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women and The Motherhood, an anthology of letters about life with a newborn, both published by Penguin.

Jamila is the Chief Creative Officer of the Nine Network’s Future Women, and a weekly columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age. She is a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum, Q and A, and occasional host on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Jamila is the co-founder of the popular event series Tea with Jam and Clare, which attracts an audience of thousands each year. Jamila Rizvi is a well-known name in the Australian women's media landscape, having editorially led Mamamia in its early days. She previously worked in politics for the Rudd and Gillard Governments, advising on issues including media, women, child care, and employment. Jamila is an Ambassador for CARE Australia and the RMH Neuroscience Foundation. She is a board member of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Jamila’s responses to a couple of questions raised by CBE students

In your experience, what are some attributes of individuals who are most successful in your field?

Being an enthusiast is the most underrated of qualities. Regardless of your job, role, level, and organisation, enthusiasm is always welcomed and remembered. Throw yourself into the things you are doing and make sure there’s a You-shaped-hole left in the wall when you leave. Warmth, energy and passion will never go out of fashion.

Could you share three career lessons to current ANU students?

  • Managing up is as important as managing down. You need to manage your superiors at work — their expectations, their personalities and yes, even their moods. This is how you are able to get noticed for the right reasons.
  • There is nothing wrong with working in a way or in a role that doesn’t move you ‘forward’ in the traditional sense. Life happens and sometimes work can just be something that pays the bills, or provides security, or is just for now.
  • If you’re a woman or a disadvantaged minority, always add 30 per cent to your salary ask because chances are you will be unconsciously underselling yourself. It will feel cheeky but push past that uncomfortable feeling and ask anyway.

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