60 seconds with…

Amy Pilkington | Product Evangelist, Informatics

How long have you been at Macquarie?
Since December 2011.

What was your earliest childhood career aspiration?
To be a nurse, although I hate blood and injections so that wasn’t going to go far!

In your job, what question are you most often asked?
Where does your job title come from? A very common question which I get almost every month. Although seemingly abstract in Higher Education, it is a well-known term in the technology world.

What are the biggest misconceptions about your profession?
That marketing and public relations is glamorous, you get lots of freebies, invites and go to lots of events. The reality is that it can be unsociable hours and you would normally be hosting the events you attend. However you do get to meet a whole host of interesting characters that you wouldn’t normally get to meet and there’s no better satisfaction than spending months on a campaign and seeing its success grow from strength to strength.

How do you get to campus?
I cycle to the station then take two trains; a slight mission of a journey but I wouldn’t change my Eastern Suburbs living vs North West working environments.

Favourite thing about working at Macquarie?
The people. There is a wealth of knowledge at the University, almost every day I find out something new being developed or researched.

Favourite place to spend a spare five minutes at Macquarie?
Down by the stream behind the BD building; so tranquil.

Favourite film, book or TV show?
I’m currently reading Hippies in the City, a quirky book, but it’s good to have a mix of yin and yang now and again.

Something not many people know about me is…
I taught English and music at a primary school in Hong Kong.

If I wasn’t a Product Evangelist I would be a…
Yoga teacher.