For Alasdair Mulligan having access to Monash tutors and lecturers active within the journalism industry during his study was a big advantage.
Alasdair, now a producer and panel operator for 3AW radio station, still remains in touch with some of them years after graduation.
Here is his profile…
Name: Alasdair Mulligan
Course: Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2010
Current position: Producer/Panel Operator at 3AW
How did you manage to land your current job?
Seek actually. I saw a job for a panel operator going at 3AW and applied, didn’t hear anything for around six months, then got a call to come in and check it out and everything just happened from there.
How have your studies at Monash helped you in the industry?
Having access to tutors and lecturers that are active in the industry was one of the biggest benefits from my time at Monash. They were able to offer me great career advice and I still keep in touch with some of them to this day!
If you weren’t working in the journalism industry, what else would you be doing
That’s a tough question! I’m not sure. I considered do some extra study when I finished my undergraduate degree so possibly that.
Were you a planner or a crammer when it came to studying?
I was a planner at the start of but that quickly devolved into becoming a crammer.
Did you complete internships while at Monash? If so, what was one of the key things you learnt from them?
I sure did. I completed my internship in the communications department of the Melbourne Museum which was great. I wrote a story for their online blog and helped with some other marketing activities. It was quite a small team so I had a good opportunity to make a meaningful contribution while I was there.
What’s something that surprised you about the journalism industry?
Despite the competitive nature of the industry there’s a lot of sharing and helping one another between rivals.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring journalist?
Be prepared to move to the bush! It’s pretty unlikely that you’ll get your dream gig in a big city straight out of uni, so being prepared to move to get some experience is important.
Who is someone that you admire in the industry?
What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?
Get on Media Watch or work overseas.
Dream holiday destination?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching Survivor on the tele.
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