I am very excited to announce I am Business Chicks‘ new editor!

That’s right, I am the writer of all the words you read on the brand’s channels and I’m not ashamed to admit, I’m as proud as punch.

Back in 2017, I convinced my then-manager I needed to attend Business Chicks’ annual 9 to thrive event- you know, to sus out the advertisers and to create our own hit list for us to target of course. If you’ve ever been to a Business Chicks event, you’ll know it’s impossible to not feel a sense of I-can-do-anything, even days after.

I decided to become a member that day and began plotting how I could work for such an amazing brand.

I am so passionate about supporting women and making the world a place of equal opportunity, whatever the gender you identify as, so working for a company that aligns with my values was always going to be a must for my long-term career goals.

A week or so later, instead of formulating a plan or looking for available jobs, I decided I’d just email Olivia Ruello, the then Australian CEO, and ask to meet at the Business Chicks’ office (as you do) to which she agreed!

When I arrived, Olivia greeted me so warmly and asked what I was looking for in a career and how she could help, to which I replied, I don’t know.

‘I don’t know’
Dominique Birouste, 14 September 2017.

Yep, that’s right, I replied with I don’t know. No indication of my interests or which industries interested me, I just sat opposite a very busy woman and expected her to think I was all kinds of wonderful and offer me a job. 

Thankfully, she didn’t think I was a complete time waster and instead told me to think about where I wanted to take my career and come back when I had more of an idea, so she could help me a little more. 

How lucky I was to have been given such nurturing advice at the beginning of my career, to which I took on board and began focussing on my writing. I put more attention into working on my blog and eventually got a job as a full-time commercial editor with News Corp’s food division, working on powerhouse brands like taste.com.au and delicious. Then you’ve read (since I’ve harped on about it at any and every opportunity) Covid hit, and everything got turned upside down. 

Thankfully, I was offered an incredible opportunity at a digital agency which allowed me to take my role to Paris and work remotely for a whole year- winning! The role was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time, and I am forever grateful to a former colleague who introduced me to the business, the agency for taking a chance on me and the universe for pulling it all together. 

Towards the end of my trip, I came across a job posting from Business Chicks advertising for an editor position, but I was still eight weeks out from my return. I decided to reach out anyway in hopes that this was the close of the loop I originally opened back with Olivia in 2017. 

After scheduling interviews in different cities and time zones, finding co-working spaces with a stable wifi connection, and creating mock newsletters in hotel lobbies, I was offered the role! 

I started full-time last week and can’t help but feel a little proud I had the courage to just email the first (and second) time and threw myself into an unknown situation, albeit a little underprepared. 

So, here is your sign to just do the thing you have no idea will work, because it may not play out how you planned this time around, but it may be the seed you reap at a later date. 

If you are interested in keeping up with my work, you can subscribe (or even better, become a member) here

– tgfs x 

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