36. Australia and Me: A Conversation with Top 50 CMO Mohit Bhargava

Hello and welcome! If you are new here, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, above and beyond this COVID-19 situation, who is looking to find your next job or promotion, or you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market, so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you.

In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have created a series of free tools and resources, I run weekly free live career coaching sessions, the Job Hunting Made Simple online course, I do LinkedIn profile audits, and the coaching I do to my private clients. So there is really no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.


Mohit Bhargava, the Chief Marketing Officer of some of Australia's favorite entertainment brands, has a theory that can help you thrive in a new country.

Mohit Bhargava has held senior marketing roles in some of the most iconic Australian entertainment businesses and was recognized by his peers as one of the top 50 Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) in Australia two years in a row. He most recently was the CMO at Big4, a network of holiday parks located throughout Australia. 

Mohit was previously the general manager of sales and marketing at Village Entertainment, a subsidiary of Village Roadshow Limited, an Australian company which operates cinemas and theme parks, and produces and distributes films. He also worked as a senior digital marketer at Nova Entertainment, an Australian entertainment company operating commercial radio networks in metropolitan and regional areas, a pay television station and mobile brands.

Mohit is about to start a new role and we are not able yet to announce it, but it’s based in South East Asia and it will expand his horizons and leverage from his expertise in the entertainment and hospitality industry, particularly around marketing to families, dealing with disruption, and improving a brand’s approach to multicultural marketing.

I invited Mo to be my guest for many reasons. Firstly because we have bonded over our passion to help international students and migrants adjust to living and thriving as professionals in Australia. We've come from different parts of the globe - him from India, I from Brazil - and we've made it here, but not without challenges. We both feel we have a lot we can do to help and support those who are ambitious for their careers . Each of us, in our own way, has been doing just that.
Secondly, I wanted Mohit to speak to the listeners of this podcast because he has an impressive and impeccable leadership style. Mo exudes confidence yet is not afraid to show vulnerability. He has command of his expertise and is not afraid to niche down. Yet one could hire him to run marketing and sales in a different sector and feel very confident he can deliver. He uses his diversity as a strength and a weapon in his toolkit, to help his employer achieve more, grow markets, and understand the new demographics of multicultural families, couples and young people living and spending in Australia.

And finally, Mo has a 3-step philosophy -  or framework - on how someone from overseas can adapt to a new country. He thought of it for Indians moving to Australia, but I believe it lends itself perfectly well for any expat, migrant or international student moving to a different country. Listen, and let me know if you agree with me!

We start the conversation very casually, and I hope you don’t mind that I decided not to edit it out, because I personally have been enjoying more and more podcasts that are very conversational. My hope is that you feel like you are a fly on the wall as we start getting ready for our chat.

I hope you learned a lot today in making job hunting better for you. Don’t forget to follow this podcast and leave a 5-star rating and ranking on iTunes. As I said in prior episodes, leaving a rating on iTunes makes an incredible difference for the podcast’s success and is a great way for me to know you are enjoying the content.


Timestamps to guide your listening

  • 6:46 - We start the conversation very casually, and I hope you don’t mind that I decided not to edit it out - because I personally have been enjoying more and more podcasts that are very conversational and casual - you feel like you are a fly on the wall as we start getting ready for our chat.
  • 12:30 - Mohit’s graduation day and the advice that almost took him back to India
  • 17:10 - How Mo got his first job through networking
  • 29:59 - Mo’s approach to using Linkedin
  • 34:14 - Mohit’s 3-step philosophy to succeeding in a new country: works for international students, migrants, and ex-pats.
    • Arrive and Unlearn
    • Grow and Fail
    • Propel and Learn
  • 43:50 - Mo’s leadership mindset: how he practices and grows as a professional to be successful as a migrant and as a marketing leader.
  • 50:19 - Getting ready for a new role: leading a new team in a new organization and in a new country


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