Michael took advantage of an industry placement he completed during his diploma and now works in live production full-time.
AV Design Consultant, Talent International
The best part about the Diploma is that students are given hands-on experience with AV equipment, lighting rigs, mixing desks, and so on. During the program, I coordinated a band night at a pub, learnt reverse cable rolling techniques, and even learnt video editing with Final Cut Pro.
The range of subjects in the Diploma gave me the opportunity to figure out the area I was most passionate about, and concentrate on that area. Now, I use the skills and techniques I learnt in the Diploma every day across many different aspects of my job.
Through a work-integrated learning program I got to work at Methodist Ladies College, and then continued there as a casual employee after my placement was over. This gave me experience with the AV needs of the education sector, which was a stepping stone to where my career has ended up – I now work as an AV design consultant for RMIT, working on a range of projects in lecture theatres and classrooms.
The Diploma was a place where I could build my skills in a trial-and-error environment with low risk. This gave me confidence in my abilities when I stepped into real-world industry situations.
Live production is a great industry to get into because you meet lots of people passionate about AV. You’ll be at the forefront of technology and have the opportunity to work in many different avenues that suit your skills. Choose the path you enjoy and you’ll love every day of your career.