For someone who has always considered herself as quite reserved, Carramar alumni Carys Garland had no qualms about packing up her life at home and moving across the world to live in Paris.
The 2010 graduate considers moving to a country where she had no job and nowhere to live as one of her biggest achievements.
“It really forced me to put myself out there (and in another language),” Carys said. “Navigating French bureaucracy is also no easy feat.”
Carys originally studied French at St Stephen’s School and picked it back up a year into her Journalism degree. Once she graduated from university, Carys worked as a freelance journalist, a copy editor for the Wanneroo/Joondalup Times and in various roles at Mix 94.5 and hit92.9 (Southern Cross Austereo).
“I began working more and more in the newsroom at the radio station but with no full-time position and nothing tying me to Perth, I decided to finally use and improve my French and move to Paris,” Carys said.
“I took an intensive course in order to teach English as a foreign language and moved to France in August 2016.
“In Paris I occasionally teach English to adults but I have also found my way back to journalism – I now work as a journalist at France 24, a 24-hour international news channel.”
Carys’ current role involved creating video packages for news bulletins and magazine programs, with subjects ranging from protests in Ecuador to terrorist attacks in the Sahel.
“I love working in a newsroom where people come from such different backgrounds and have such a wealth of experience,” Carys said.
“In Paris we broadcast in French, English and Arabic but there are also some reporters who work for the Spanish channel in Colombia so there are a lot of different languages and cultures under one roof.
“I also appreciate speaking to some of the more senior journalists, hearing about their career and taking nuggets of advice!”
When Carys isn’t reporting on the day’s news, she loves walking around Paris taking photos and visiting small photography exhibitions, reading, running, cooking, finding new restaurants and travel.
“I think my education helped to reinforce a set of values such as honesty, open-mindedness and service to others,” she said.
“It gave me a sound platform from which I was able to go to university and it helped me to develop resilience.”
Carys’ best tip for our current students and new graduates is to invest their time in people.
“Aside from being what can really help you land a job, relationships can also have a positive impact on your life in many ways.”