Monash journalism graduate Chloe Strahan first studied health studies and occupational therapy before realising that journalist was her destined career.
The move has paid off, as Chloe now works as a junior producer at 3AW.
Name: Chloe Strahan
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Year graduated: 2017
What was the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash?
I loved the practical work we did as part of the Journalism degree, such as video and radio journalism subjects. The filming and editing skills I have learnt has opened doors to internships and jobs at commercial media publications in Melbourne during my studies, as well as showing me a glimpse of different journalism jobs to pursue.
Did you balance uni life with a job?
I always balanced retail jobs with my uni life, as well as occasional internships. Sometimes I would feel swamped with my workload but ultimately working the hard yards for a while will pay off down the track!
Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?
Great journalism facilities and equipment, and teachers who work in the field.
What is your dream job?
I love radio broadcast or a job where I could travel (or if it’s a real pipe dream, to be the music director for Meredith music festival!)
Who has been your biggest career influence and why?
Community radio stations like PBS and 3RRR in Melbourne. I have always listened to and appreciated community radio, and when I paired that with my love of music and interviewing I decided to study journalism. To this day I still volunteer at these stations just to be a part of the music broadcast community.
My first job in the field is at 3AW radio in Melbourne. I was given a job during my final year of uni as a phones operator and junior producer, and I am still there today!
I have enjoyed every job, but the early hours working at a Bakery when I was 15 was tough.
What is your favourite place in the world and why?
I have been extremely lucky to travel to many countries in Europe, America and Asia, but some of my favourites places are Morocco and Japan.
What is your favourite place to eat and why?
Auntie’s Dumplings in Carnegie! Delicious cheap, and a guaranteed food coma to follow.
Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know?
I studied Health Sciences and Occupational Therapy for nearly three years before I realised that Journalism was the right path for me!
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