Movers & Shakers: Helen Humphrey

October 3, 2001

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Name Helen Humphrey

Occupation/Title MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER – marie claire

Company/Organisation MURDOCH MAGAZINES

State NSW

Age Fortyish!!

Star sign Gemini

Describe a typical day? Meetings, meetings, meetings! I spend a lot of my time working with the advertising account managers and our clients planning and implementing promotional campaigns. These could be competitions or advertorials in the magazine, activities at a retail level or opportunities involving the advertisers in major events such as the marie claire Fashion Show Live.

What’s the best part of the job? I work with a fantastic team of very dedicated professionals who all have a clear vision of what we want the company and our magazines to be. Due to the variety of clients we deal with I am never bored and I honestly enjoy coming to work each day.

What’s the worst part of the job? We are always on deadline and time flashes by – a year in magazines seems like the blink of an eye.

What was your first job & how much was in your first pay packet? At 15 I was the shampoo girl, floor sweeper and coffee girl (general dogsbody) at the local hairdressing salon on a Saturday morning. I was paid a princely sum of $3 to work from 8am to noon.

What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was very young my first ambition was to be a nurse, probably because my Mum had been one and in those days most women worked either as nurses, secretaries, teachers or air hostesses until they got married. In my first year of high school I became aware there were other possibilities for women and I decided I would be a vet. It wasn’t until my last term of high school that we did a study of advertising in our English course and I felt like I’d really found my niche. After doing an arts degree at Queensland University I got my start with my first job as a copywriter for a radio station.

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