Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 4.08.2020

Kelly Noble

Class of 1997
Lives Adelaide, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 9-12
House Jarrah
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Canberra, Communications & PR
Work history
  • CEO & Editor
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What does life look for you now?

After finishing my Communications/PR degree at UC, I was offered a role at Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd in their communications department. From there I became the Marketing Manager at Haircare Australia, during which time I created Glam Adelaide, which was a website showcasing a directory of the best bars and things to do in Adelaide. As I wasn't local, it was really a resource for me to use! Fast forward to today and I now run Glam Adelaide as a full time career, have a team of 100 writers working with me, and we receive over 2 million online impressions a week. I'm also married with two little girls (7 & 9), sit on several boards, and am also a brand ambassador for multiple companies.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Too many to count. My exchange to Canada, Year 9 camp, the many, many camping and bushwalking adventures, some great teachers, finally getting access to the seniors lounge.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

While I was at school it was a few key teachers that made coming to school exciting. John Leyshon, Mr H (of course) and Craddock. Now? Anyone who runs a business is an inspiration to me. It's hard work and you're constantly having to reinvent everything.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

It wasn't. I went to the School of Art, was a bank teller, finally went and chose the uni degree I thought might be fun. I then had a few jobs, which I actually loved, but ended up running a business by accident. I love what I do now, so it's all worked out thankfully.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

Not at all. See above. Plus there's been constant challenges along the way, but I never gave up.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

Your course selections aren't life and death. I was so fixated on the fact that I had to (prematurely) choose my entire life at the age of 16, it caused me great anxiety. Choosing classes, which were needed for uni degrees, which determine your life path - aren't as definite as you think. It makes it easier, sure, however I knew plenty of people who took TAFE courses to bridge whatever they were missing etc, or studied to get in to degrees, who may have been missing prerequisite classes. If you don't know what you want to do, it's not the end of the world. Things are constantly changing. Another important thing was that the geeks, the loners and the wierdos have all done spectacularly after school. Be yourself. Everyone worries about school friends, and groups etc, but once you leave the world is a very big (and wonderful) place, and there's a place for everyone.

What advice do you have for current students?

Do the best you can, but also make sure you enjoy school. It might seem stressful sometimes, but you'll never enjoy such short work days, or amazingly long holidays! Plus you can make friends for life there.

Anything else that you would like to share?

If you're ever having a hard time, find someone to talk to. There is always someone who will understand, you just need to find them. I found some awesome teachers who I could vent to about my woes (regularly), and my parents were strict, but they also helped me out when I had any issues (much to my surprise).

Where are you now?