Former Colombian social communicator and journalist completes Masters, now works with ethnic communities

Published:16 December 2019

Master of Business Management graduate Viviana Torres

Former Colombian journalist Viviana Torres arrived in Australia five years ago after working for newspapers, magazines, several major companies and a professional football team; but without being able to speak English.

She's now not only fluent in English but has also graduated with a Master of Business Management (with a major in Marketing) from CQUniversity Melbourne, while gaining employment as a marketing and communications officer in the disability services sector.

"My bachelor degree from Colombia was in social communications and journalism and I worked in newspapers and magazines and also as a press officer for the La Equidad insurance company and their football team, as well as promoting one of the most important media groups and also large companies in Colombia," Viviana says.

"I spent the first few years in Australia learning English before completing a Diploma in Interactive Digital Media in Universal Institute of Technology, UIT, and going on to my Masters at CQUniversity."

Viviana's disability sector role is with the Melbourne services of Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities, which empowers people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds.

"Basically my job is to apply all my knowledge from CQUniversity to engage the clients who struggle with English to make communications easier for them. Maybe we make the messages more visual, maybe more interactive, more close; and thus try to find a better way to join them with us.

"NDIS, aged care, capacity building, advocacy and service connection is so important because many of our clients are coming from other communities, without opportunities, or maybe coming from a few issues, so we help people to access different services and also encourage them to learn about different topics such as sexual abuse, domestic violence and much more through different projects and workshops, to try to engage them with the Victorian community."