Aaron’s hard yards pay off with Cricket Australia gig

Aaron Pereira is now Cricket Australia's media coordinator.
Aaron Pereira is now Cricket Australia’s media coordinator.

Monash University journalism graduate Aaron Pereira has secured a  full-time job at Cricket Australia, working as its media coordinator.

Aaron shares his views on his journey from Monash journalism to his impressive role at Cricket Australia.

Q: How do you feel about your new appointment at Cricket Australia?

A: I am extremely humbled that an organisation I idolised as a child now have me working. It’s great to be able to live and breathe sport for a living, especially Australia’s favourite sport! One day I’ll be rubbing shoulders with Michael Slater in the media box and the next I’ll be interviewing Greg Chappell, it’s surreal.

Q: How has Monash helped prepare you for the role?

A: It was always a goal for me to get into Monash’s journalism program and it didn’t disappoint. I received the best advice from people who had previously thrived in the business and the avenues that opened up because I was a Monash student were plentiful. I don’t think I’d be in the role I am now without my experience at Monash. Best decision I ever made.

Q: What is the importance of practical experience?

A: This is something that needs to be stressed … go out and get experience! It’s cliché but true – it’s never too late and you can never get enough. I did placements at the Box Hill Hawks, the Herald Sun and Metro Media to name a few, and I maintained a part-time job at Network Ten. These not only allow you the chance to refine your skills but also to make connections you will no doubt need.

Q: Any advice for journalism students?

A: Entering journalism is daunting, but if you really want it, and you work hard enough, doors will open up.