Meet Jenny Hanson

Author: Jenny Hanson

This week’s blog post is the fourth entry of a six part series showing you the members that comprise Elite Robotics. Recently we’ve expanded our team and wanted to take the opportunity to introduce everyone individually. Today the spotlight is on Jenny Hanson, Marketing & Social Media Manager at Elite Robotics.

Read on to learn all about Jenny:

How old are you and where are you from originally?

I’m 23 years old, originally from the United States (Iowa City, Iowa to be exact.) I moved to Newcastle in January of this year.

Where did you attend University and what did you study?

I earned my BBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business in 2016.

As the Marketing and Social Media Manager, what do your duties consist of?

My role at Elite Robotics varies a lot from day to day between social media and marketing. Basically it is my responsibility to plan, create and coordinate content for all of our various platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website, Email, and Blog. It is my duty to build the Elite Robotics brand from the ground up; raising awareness and bringing attention to our start-up.

What made you decide to work at a startup instead of other more traditional career paths?

After graduation I applied to many corporate jobs, but felt that none of them were a great fit for me or my skills. Instead, I decided to take a gap year and travel to Australia. I found work at Elite Robotics through a friend and began working casually in April. I love the freedom and collaborative spirit of being in a co-working space like Three76 Hub, without all the hectic pressure and stress of working at a large company. Working for a start-up has been ideal for me as well because it can be hard to find a job overseas with my particular visa.

Biggest challenge working for Elite Robotics?

You have to pave your own way, which can be difficult. There is no one telling you exactly what you need to do every day, you have to be disciplined and figure it out on your own. It’s a lot of trial and error at this stage; when something goes wrong I have to learn from it. However at the same time, we must experience failure in order to improve and succeed!

Biggest triumph working for Elite Robotics?

Moving to a new country can be rather daunting, but since working here I’ve met so many intelligent, like-minded individuals that I now call friends. If everything goes to plan, Elite Robotics may be able to sponsor a work visa for me to relocate to Australia permanently!

What is one piece of advice you have for uni students/recent uni grads?

Don’t feel pressured by your family/friends/professors to have to choose a traditional career path after University. There are many opportunities available if you do a bit of digging!

When you’re not busy helping Elite Robotics build the future of our cities, what do you do in your free time?

In my spare time I enjoy doing yoga, going to the beach and trying out new recipes in the kitchen! I also work at the Newcastle Farmers Market every Sunday as well as playing AFL for Newcastle City with my mates!

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