Rebecca | Communications
Placed at: Swinburne Media Unit
“To me the placement was about attaining the confidence to be able to shine and really achieve my goals. Without taking part in the program I do not think that I would have the passion and direction I now have.”
Two and half years into a Bachelor of Arts degree, I was still unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. I had a keen interest in news and politics so I applied for an Industry-based learning (IBL) (now professional placements) position with the Swinburne Media Unit. Three hours after sitting the interview I was offered the job.
I never imagined I would have the confidence and ability to do the things I have. Within the first month of my placement I was given the opportunity to conduct an on-camera interview with the vice-chancellor, wrote several media releases, interviewed various people for stories and learnt how to use a digital SLR camera.
Although my studies set a great framework for my workplace learning, I believe that the ability to understand how the media works and how to identify, investigate and construct a story is something very difficult to learn in a classroom alone. My placement gave me the chance to grasp these skills first hand by putting into practice the theory learnt through my course at Swinburne.
Although my timid nature led me to be somewhat apprehensive at the beginning of my placement, I grew in confidence each day.
After my placement I did a two-week internship at The Age. I wrote (and had published!) 14 articles, reported from Federation Square during the Queen’s visit and investigated various story leads. I do not believe any of this would have been possible without the knowledge I gained through my placement.
For me, the placement was not just about getting a job for a year that would lead to another job later on. To me the placement was about attaining the confidence to be able to shine and really achieve my goals. It made my path clearer and my love of writing and journalism ever stronger. Without taking part in the program I do not think that I would have the passion and direction I now have. I know that journalism is a tough industry to crack but I believe that with my current experience and enough will power I may one day have my name on a few more stories.