Alysia Thomas-Sam has some valuable advice to offer people starting out in their journalism careers: don’t be scared to make mistakes, and be yourself.
As Assistant Chief of Staff at Nine News, Alysia has put her advice into practice in the newsroom.
Here is her profile…
Name: Alysia Thomas-Sam
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2014
Current position: Assistant Chief of Staff, Nine News
Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?
I had family members who had attended Monash, so I already felt comfortable enrolling there during high school. Also, the Caulfield campus was adjacent to the train station on the Frankston line which was very convenient.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
The lecturers and journalism portal constructed by Monash was invaluable in offering so many opportunities to students. It gave me a head start in the industry, which I knew would be the most difficult part of a career in journalism.
Best Monash memory?
After-class activities. Heading for a coffee, late lunch, drinks or going back to someone’s house with friends and talking for hours. Meeting people at Monash was the best part.
What advice would you give your first-year uni self?
Don’t be scared to make mistakes. I think I was too concerned with making everything perfect that I didn’t take enough risks.
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
Just be yourself. I felt a lot of pressure to impress everyone and get everything right, but I think the most important part of working full time is making friends and having fun, otherwise it’ll kill you.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
My old boss who got me a job at Channel Nine. He contacted me months after I did an internship and asked me to come in and do a trial. Ever since then he’s been helping me make decisions and talking me through my problems.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Standing in a cyclone reporting on how ferocious mother nature can be.
What was your very first job?
I cleaned company offices on the weekends from 5am. My grandparents owned a cleaning business before they retired.
What was your dream job growing up?
I always wanted to write for The New York Times.
Any hidden talents?
I’m really good at stalking people on Instagram (this wastes a lot of time).
No, not yet.
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