From the Alumnae Relations Manager

Welcome to the second edition of Bishbar Blue in 2022, our School’s newsletter for Grammar Women, which shares the stories of trailblazing BGGS alumnae who put their passions at the forefront of their career choices, resulting in successful personal—and professional—lives.

It is timely that this edition coincides with the release of last year’s ABS Census data, which shows that today’s school leavers are expected to have 18 jobs across six careers. It is also interesting to note in the past year to February 2022, 1.3 million Australian residents (9.5 per cent of employed people) changed jobs. Never before has the adage ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’ resonate more, as a passion can take many forms; however, it is the strong sense of dedication, immersion, energy, and purpose which ultimately becomes a great accelerant for your career.

Dr Cherrell Hirst AO (1963), who has shown distinguished leadership across four decades, has demonstrated that you can find many ways to apply your passion across varied career opportunities. Dr Hirst has recently been inducted into the Queensland Business Council’s Hall of Fame and we congratulate her on this achievement.

In this edition we hope you also enjoy listening to our School’s Illumine podcast, featuring Susannah George (1999), founder and CEO of Urban List, a platform that offers a curated local guide to the best businesses in the city. Susannah’s company creates content that informs, inspires, and offers recommendations to its three million-plus audience per month, highlighting opportunities to try something new on your weekend that aligns with your own passions to keep a spark in your life—even if your current job isn’t inspiring you.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Bishbar Blue and I look forward to seeing those who are attending the upcoming reunions.

Ms Antonia Swindells
Alumnae Relations Manager