Before even completing his Monash double-degree Mitchell Newton has jumped straight into his career with Ten Eyewitness News and Pacific Magazines.
Mitchell seems well on the way in his goal to carve out a career combining his three hobbies: business, journalism and sport.
Here is his profile…
Name: Mitchell Newton
Course: Bachelor Arts (Journalism)/Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism/School of Business
Year graduated: 2017 (anticipated)
Current position: Production Assistant at Ten Eyewitness News, Account Management at Pacific Magazines
Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?
I initially wanted to complete a major in psychology. I always had a passion for writing and communication and felt that journalism and marketing went hand in hand. I thought they would both complement each other and they have.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
More than anything, Monash provided me with the confidence to approach people about possible work. Particularly during my journalism degree, I learnt how to communicate during an interview and this helped when applying for jobs both formally and informally.
Best Monash memory?
From a journalism perspective, I had the opportunity to meet Mark Robinson, Caroline Wilson and Mike Sheahan. They had some great advice for me and will be of assistance if we cross paths in the future.
What advice would you give your first-year uni self?
Relax. It can be daunting making the transition from high school. Plan out your semester in terms of assessments, don’t stress and enjoy yourself.
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
That the best way to expand your connections is to ask. You won’t get a job by sitting on your hands. You have to put yourself out there and take advantage of any connections you have.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
In terms of university, it’s been my older sister. She finished a similar degree at Monash a few years before me and has given me some really strong guidance over the years.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I hope to be in a marketing and/or communications business for a sporting organisation. Business, journalism and sport are all hobbies and I’d love to combine them together at some stage.
What was your very first job?
I worked in the back of a cafe stocking fridges and shelves one afternoon a week.
What was your dream job growing up?
I always dreamed of playing AFL football.
Any hidden talents?
I love to cook when I have some spare time. I often cook for my family and friends.
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