Julien turned a passion for technology into a rewarding and high-profile career in television and cultural exhibition, thanks to RMIT’s unparalleled connections to industry.
RMIT has long had a reputation for having strong ties to industry. This reputation, as well as recommendations from friends, convinced me to study there myself.
In this program I gained experience in the various facets of the live production industry, practiced my ability to work in a team, and was given many opportunities to build my skills in real-world scenarios.
In addition to learning the fundamentals of the live production industry, such as equipment, workflow and management, my fellow students and I also gained confidence in our abilities and the ability to ask the right questions.
In my experience, a large percentage of graduates spend some time in the live events industry – working as technicians at music festivals or venues. I found myself coordinating the technical production of Melbourne Music Week, but there are also opportunities in film, television, studio work, post-production, installations and exhibitions.
I had several opportunities for work experience as part of my studies, including for the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and ABC Television. The ABC placement came about because the ABC, like many other organisations, maintain a relationship with RMIT and provide work experience opportunities for students. This placement eventually turned into a job as a regular camera operator on ABC3’s flagship children’s program, Studio 3, which kickstarted my career before I’d even completed my studies.
I’m now leading the deployment of a new digital control system developed by Museums Victoria. It’s a year-long project, spanning around 400 multimedia exhibitions across Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks. My greatest achievement to date has been to see my work and recommendations reflected through the venues of such a significant cultural organisation.