Aaron Pereira regards himself as ‘one of the lucky ones’, after making his childhood career dreams a reality.
After crossing over from Network Ten to Cricket Australia, Aaron is travelling the world watching cricket, and getting paid for it.
Here is his profile…
Name: Aaron Pereira
Course: Bachelor of Arts
Year graduated: 2015
Current position: Digital Content Producer at Cricket Australia
What was it like breaking into the industry? Was it more ‘who you know’ than ‘what you know’?
Getting my role at Network Ten (in my final year of university) and then Cricket Australia was a relief over anything because there wasn’t much going when I was searching. Having a range of internships behind me and having made a few contacts in the industry was vital in finding the ‘hidden roles’ that are tucked away and are only made available through word-of-mouth.
What is a ‘day in the life’ of your current role?
I work in the news team of Cricket Australia and contribute to the running of cricket.com.au and Cricket Network platforms. I work predominantly with video and voice news packages from cricket around the world. A day in the office sees me in the studio all day, watching cricket, reporting on the match and producing fair-dealing news packages. A day on the road will see me attend training or matches and work as a journalist, producing videos and articles for the site.
What was a key lesson you learnt at Monash that translated into your current work?
You can never up-skill enough. I did seven internships during my time at Monash and each of them taught me something new and helped me outside of study. I wasn’t concerned when I got my current role because I had experienced newsrooms and even hands-on multimedia work during my course so getting as much different experience as possible can only be positive.
If you could go back and do your degree again, is there anything you’d change? Subject choice? Time management? Internships?
I would’ve taken note of the little things a bit more. With a Monash Journalism course you aren’t just taught to write leads or do piece-to-cameras, there is a plethora of other things that are integral to thriving in the industry that you’re shown in the classroom. I was a little too focused on things that appealed to me that I glanced over the small things. Things such as pointers in voice for radio, camera skills or even how to properly roll up audio cables (it takes practice, trust me!) were all things that Monash teaches and I would definitely take more notice the second time around to be job-ready.
What skill (or skills) would you recommend aspiring journos touch up on before getting into the industry?
From what I’ve found in different roles is that one day you could be asked to write a yarn, the next it could be to publish something using content-management systems and the next you might need to shoot and edit a news package. Get your hands dirty! Try everything because the more skills you have in different aspects of journalism, the more appealing you are to an employer. Journalists don’t just file their copy and head to the pub anymore, you need to be multi-skilled.
When you were little, what was your dream job?
Journalist. I’m one of the lucky ones who got to follow their childhood dream. It all stemmed from watching The Footy Show and being completely enamoured with Eddie McGuire and how he got to host (and control) some of AFL’s royalty. He would break stories and have a laugh and I loved that.
What is your dream job now?
I’m close enough to it currently. I get to watch cricket all day and report on it which is any Aussie blokes dream. I get to write, edit, and produce voice news packages and have travelled the world with cricket. I even did a piece-to-camera at Lord’s for the ICC Women’s World Cup final, that was an absolute dream-come-true.
Who do you look up to most in the industry?
I have always looked up to Eddie McGuire, Mike Sheahan and Stephen Quartermain, and I feel like they are the doyens of modern media. All have seen the media landscape evolve and thrived through it, still leaders on their networks today. Sheahan is so revered that any football commentary from him is gospel and his ‘Top 50 list’ is often referred to when talking about players past and present. This all from a guy who started out as a small-time Journalist in Melbourne, that is impressive. I was lucky enough to meet Mike during my time at Monash.
Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow alumni?
I keep in touch with a few students from my graduating class, some have gone on to big mastheads like the Herald Sun and The Adelaide Advertiser and some are doing great things in Communications and Marketing.
Do you follow any sports teams?
I didn’t mention it before but my love for Eddie McGuire is blood deep, having been a Collingwood supporter since before birth!
What’s your coffee order?
I’ll take a Long Macchiato please.
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