DEMI KOTSORIS

Startup Content Creator
2018

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

Before the program I was a content creator through and through, working full time as a Digital Marketing Manager for a Product Development company & Mining Innovation company in Melbourne. It was a very 9-5 kind of job. But I wanted a step back, take time and space to focus on my projects I was doing outside of this, to develop these ideas like working on my blog and podcast.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

I've recently got a job at a digital nomad travel medical company, and I’ve been able to devote a lot more time to my podcast ‘The Millennial Crisis’ where I can chat with different people to discuss things like how to engage Millennials in the workplace and what they really want from their careers, and why there is a tendency for Millenials to struggle to engage at work and pick the ‘right’ career path.

What was the most surprising thing about your experience with Uprise Academy?

To be honest, the network of people and community throughout the whole program was the best, it surprised me how our whole group felt so together and supportive. Also the personal development I went through was such a big thing I didn’t expect. Particularly the first month was extremely valuable for me, the workshops and space to really assess my options and know what to focus on, if that makes sense? But definitely the network and tribe environment was just incredible, we were so good at pushing each other, working together, getting the best out of each other. Having people around you to support you was so valuable for me. To come away with an international network is something I never had, and to feel like I now understand different cultures and people - It felt like we were some sort of super team! My perspective is now that I strongly believe that when surrounded by the right people, you can literally achieve anything, that was I think, the biggest take away and definitely changed my perspectives.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?

I would say to not think so much and just go for it. It honestly is this, go with the feeling you have. Don’t have too much of an expectation and go into it completely open-minded to get the most from it!