What better opportunity to experience the dynamic world of
newspapers than spending a year as a 25-year-old in a hot climate where
your employer provides a swimming pool, tennis court and gym?
Travelling round the world on a year out, Mark Hopkins, now
advertisement manager on The Express, rolled into Perth, Australia.
’After eight months walkabout, I was in need of money and a place to
stay for more than a couple of nights at a time. Although life had so
far been a carefree blast, it was time to get responsible.
’Watching the surf roll in, I was reading a local paper and spotted an
ad for a sales job on the local Western Mail. This was the big turning
point and was to shape my future career.
’After a series of interviews in borrowed suits, I started in the
air-conditioned non-smoking (big problem) office. I loved the dynamic,
fast-moving environment of newspapers and the idea of helping to produce
what I’d previously only been reading.
’This laid-back, fun and friendly city introduced me to the media
But I missed the cultural side of life - there were not that many
noteworthy theatre productions being staged in Perth ten years ago - and
I returned to London to continue my media career.
’I have fond memories of that formative year in Oz - my days were spent
chasing business and my evenings involved watching the sunset and
catching the waves.’