PIP Courtney is a rural journalist at the height of her profession in Australia, but she could have just as easily been a wool classer had it not been for a second chance.
Ms Courtney has penned a letter to her old boss for the Women of Letters event in Brisbane on Sunday.
She said if it were not for him, she would not be hosting ABC's Landline, nor would she even be in the media.
"I've written a thank you letter to him for giving me a second chance, because I was the world's worst cadet," Ms Courtney said.
"I was absolutely hopeless, I was working in the Hobart office and I just didn't get it."
The opportunity for her second chance came after a transfer to the ABC's Burnie office in Tasmania.
"I got transferred up to Burnie, because no one else wanted to go and I said I'll go and I worked under the journalist in charge of the Launceston office, Mike Howe.
"He was just fantastic to me and stopped me from quitting and going off to study wool classing at Geelong."
The Women of Letters events brings together women from the media, politics and entertainment professions to offer their words in hope of passing on their knowledge to those who need it.
Pip Courtney along with five other talented women will read their letters to an audience at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley, in celebration of what the event runners call the 'lost art of letter-writing'.
Hosted by singer Angie Hart and writer Marieke Hardy, the event is back for the ninth time and raises funds for the animal rescue shelter Edgar's Mission.
For Pip Courtney the event is about sharing the struggle she had to get where she was in the hopes of giving others the will to keep pursuing their goals.
"After 18 months I was ready to give up, I wouldn't be in journalism if it wasn't for him, and I never said thank you for that," she said.
"I hope it would be of some value to people who think 'you've been a journalist for a long time, I bet you got it right away'."