After completing a degree in Media, James knew he wanted to continue his studies. He enrolled in RMIT's Graduate Diploma in Journalism to combine his passions for learning and writing.
Cadet journalist, ABC News
Media is something I’ve always wanted to do and now I have the chance to break live news to the country. I get to inform people about what is going on in the world and meet fascinating individuals!
I decided to develop my writing skills after completing my undergraduate degree in Media. I found that while studying at RMIT I had access to the best facilities and teachers. The overall support I received was incredible, and this was why I wanted to continue my studies here!
As a journalism student, I learnt how to professionally write, edit and create news stories for a range of platforms such as television, print, radio and online. I was also connected with key people from a number of industries, which is integral to developing a professional network outside of university.
In 2016 I received a cadetship at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and every day I’m learning something new. One of the big things I have learnt is how to talk to different people to get the information you need. For example, there is a different way you talk to the media contact from the Victoria Police than to the media contact from the Premier’s office.
This cadetship is a huge stepping stone. To work for a major media organisation and get experience working across various platforms straight out of university is something everyone dreams of, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
Going to my first media police press conference solo and asking tough questions to the police commissioner in a room full of experienced journalists has been a career highlight!
As daunting as it was, I could not be more prepared for work thanks to my teachers and the specific studies I undertook.
My advice for future students would be: do as much work experience as you can now because employers want to see evidence you can do what you say you can do. You need to have something to separate yourself from the hundreds of graduates who compete to enter the workforce every year!