Kylie joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as a graduate trainee in 2016. In 2016 Kylie graduated from the Australian National University’s Master of International Relations having completed a pun-heavy masters thesis, “Cool Japan and Kim Chic: riding the soft power wave of popular culture.” Her thesis analysed the efforts of Japan and the Republic of Korea in leveraging their respective vibrant popular cultures for soft power success. Prior to this, she worked in Hyogo Prefecture as a participant on the JET Programme. From 2012 to 2015 she was an Assistant Language Teacher at Kobe Suzurandai Senior High School, and also at Hyogo Kenritsu Shikaku Tokubetsu Shien Gakkou, a special needs school. Kylie has also worked as a lawyer for Gadens Lawyers in her hometown of Brisbane, specialising in intellectual property and general corporate law, in addition to experience working in insurance, workplace and energy and resources law.