Real-world experience useful at Monash: Morsal

Morsal Bashir.

Monash journalism graduate Morsal Bashir is a communications officer at Monash City Council.

Morsal offers some insight into her journey in the field of journalism. Read her profile here …


Name:
Morsal Bashir

Course: Bachelor of Journalism

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

Year graduated: 2015


What was the best aspect of studying journalism at Monash?

The diversity in classes and the fantastic and super supportive tutors. I honestly loved my time at Monash and am grateful for the experience I had there.

Did you balance uni life with a job?

Absolutely. I worked part-time all the way through uni as well as doing many internships and enjoying a social life. I’d love to say this was easy but truth be told, I threw a hissy fit more times than I care to admit. It all worked out in the end though!

Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?

Monash is a great university and has an outstanding reputation. Plus, the course itself offered exactly what I wanted – great units and real world experience.

 What is your dream job? 

I consider myself really lucky because I feel like I’m already in my dream job. I’ve always been interested in local government and recently started as a Communications Officer at City of Monash. My role allows me to draw and build on my copywriting, social media content creation and video production skills. It’s essentially everything I wanted rolled into one!

Who has been your biggest career influence and why?

There are so many people who have influenced me over the years. Friends, family, colleagues, etc.

I’d have to say a stand out is my supervisor from when I interned at Light FM a few years back. She took me under her wing, did everything in her power to build my skills and confidence, and she always believed I could do anything. She’s now a friend of mine and still pushes me to be the best I can be. She’s the person I go to when I need a pep talk.

First job?

A small family-run bookstore. It was the perfect place to start out when I was 15 – I loved to read and the family who owned it were a delight to work for

Worst job?

I worked at another book store a couple of years down the track. I won’t go into detail but this is what I imagine hell to be like.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

That’s a toughie because I haven’t had the chance to travel yet … I’ll get there soon!

 

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

There’s very little I like more than Italian food so if carbs are on the table, I’m good to go! Otherwise I absolutely love Misschu for my Vietnamese fix.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have received?  

‘The only person who can make anything happen is you.’

Tell us something about yourself that your uni colleagues wouldn’t know?

I’m great at darts. Really.