It’s been five months since my last post and it’s because I’ve been dreading writing about my journey since finishing university.
I finished my Bachelor’s degree at the end of October, hopped on a plane to Western Australia and my boyfriend came home (for good) after he resigned from his position at the Kalgoorlie Miner as a journalist.
We drove through the Australian desert from Kalgoorlie to Perth and had a short holiday exploring the western city.
Then it was back to reality.
The reality that I didn’t have an internship nor did I have a full time job lined up.
I thought, “Who am I if I’m not an intern?”
I’ve been an intern for almost two years now and it was daunting to think I actually had to go out in the world and find a full time job. I was scared, unsure and just hoped that my internship experiences on my resume would help me stand out from the graduate pack.
The moment I got back to Melbourne after flying back from Perth, I received an email from Adam Frier at the Melbourne Rebels. I had contacted Adam on my own accord asking if there were any positions at the Rebels and in Adam’s email he asked to meet with me the following morning for a ‘chat.’
I soon learnt that in this industry there is no such thing as a ‘chat.’
My chat with Adam at the Carlton FC cafe (Rebels share facitlities with Carlton) soon turned into a job interview and I realised that I could actually be working in a full time position sooner than I thought.
Unfortunately for me, that role was given to the other Storm intern, Jonathan. The role was more writing based and Jonathan was the match reporter during the 2012 season and, he was an aspiring sports journalist so it made sense to give the role to him.
I’m not going to lie, I was upset that I didn’t land the job after my internship with Storm. You can’t help but become attached to a club and a workplace when you have been interning there for so long.
I then received an email from Adam that there had been some redundancies at the Rebels and somebody from the commercial team would be given the role I was interviewed for.
At this point I felt like a failure.
It was the new year and I had missed out on two jobs that I would’ve loved to take on. I didn’t get the fairytale like Luke or Ashleigh. In retrospect I was very naive to think that things would just work out, praying for serendipity.
I’d been in touch with another person from a sports club, who has acted as a mentor for me and he told me that I needed to “always have a Plan B.
Interning was my Plan B, however I didn’t yet have anything lined up but I decided that I would tackle the AFL. I set a goal for myself at the end of last year that I wanted to work for an AFL club within the next two years.
My mentor then sent me an email saying he had referred me on to Jonno Simpson at the AFL who was looking for a social media coordinator. Although my mentor didn’t promise me an interview, he told me to send Jonno my resume that afternoon.
I’ve had such highs and lows in the past five months and scoring an interview with the AFL has definitely been a highlight. I was unsuccessful with getting the job at the AFL and the role went to Dion.
So again I went back to my Plan B.
Before the Christmas break my mentor sent off my resume to Essendon FC. In January I sent an email to Essendon following up and one week later I was sitting in the boardroom at Windy Hill for a ‘chat.’
I met with two media employees and they asked me numerous questions about my experiences at Storm and my thoughts on social media. I met with them again a month later and the plan was for me to conduct Essendon’s social media for Family Day.
Last Thursday I began as a media intern at Essendon FC doing some website content work for the media team. On Monday I conducted the social media for the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Essendon FC accounts for Family Day. I made a couple minor errors but overall I had a great time and it was fantastic to see so many of the red and black faithful support their club.
At this point I’m unsure of what 2013 is shaping up to be. On March 17th I would have been an intern for two years and I’ve now got to make the transition from intern to employee. I know that I’ve been fortunate enough to have been considered for a few sports jobs which is perhaps more than many. The hardest part about these past five months has been the rejection but I can honestly say that as one door closes, another door opens. The right job will turn up for me, I just have to be patient.
I’m sure I am not the only one who has gone through the job hunting process. For some of you it may have been the fairytale and for others it may still be a journey but at the end of the day this is what we signed on for. The media industry is a tough nut to crack but make sure you are always looking for the next opportunity and asking yourself what else you can do to further your skills.
Don’t sell yourself short, be proactive and believe in your knowledge and experiences because eventually it will land you your dream job and remember to always have a Plan B.
So I hope you all understand why I’ve stayed away from the blog for so long. I hope that I can continue to share my story with you all and I that help other interns along the way.
When I originally wrote this post last Tuesday, I didn’t have a job. I’ve just started my first week at Netball Australia as Communications Coordinator. I had previously applied for a video based job at Netball Australia/ANZ Championship and was unsuccessful but they kept my resume on file for future opportunities. Two days before I started at Essendon doing casual work, I received an email from Karen Phelan asking if I was interested in taking on a contract in a digital communications role. I met with Karen last Thursday and she immediately offered me the job.
I’m excited, nervous and over come with emotion.It’s going to be a busy and challenging few months ahead but I look forward to this next chapter in my life and the beginning of my career.
If you’re in Melbourne My Interning Life will be holding a catch-up event on Monday 15th of April at The Honey Bar from 6:30pm until 9pm.
Interns and industry professionals are all welcome. Remi, Isobel and myself will all be attending and ready to answer any questions you may have. You can RSVP to the #MILevent on Eventbrite. Hope to see you there!
August is our birthday month! Yep, My Interning Life began on August 5th 2011.
I can’t believe how quickly time flies. I know this blog has seen a lot of interns and experiences. I also know that I’m in a very different place than I was last year with my internship experience.
This month I’ll be posting some of the first entries that ever featured on this blog.
So let’s start with our very first Intern, Remi Gordon. Remi is now in her second year studying PR at RMIT and has an internship lined up with Style Counsel PR in September. Congrats Remi.
BY MARY SCRIVA
I have over four years of combined experience in marketing and events; I am currently working for an international manufacturing company as a Marketing Coordinator and manage the communications, brand development and events within the company. I recently developed a blog to share my learning’s and successes through my career, follow my adventures on my blog or connect with me on twitter or LinkedIn.
5 tips for a successful transition into full-time work
I recently wrote an article about the struggle of graduates finding full-time jobs after completing their studies and it turns out this is still as common as it was seven years ago when I was a graduate.
I have been asked to give my 5 top tips to assist student interns in their career paths for success (I wish someone shared them with me).
1. If your course offers placement for a year, do it. It will extend your course, but it will give you hands on experience in the field and allow you to make contacts and stay ahead of the game.
2. Network, Network, Network. As sad as this may sound, sometimes it’s who you know and not what you know; and no one is going to know you stuck in your bedroom. Attend networking events as much as you can, especially within your field.
3. I still volunteer my time even though I work full-time, why do I do it? It gives me the opportunity to meet people and contribute my skills, and hence increase my portfolio; I recommend you get on this bandwagon!
4. Start building your brand profile, create a professional account on LinkedIn, start tweeting or develop a blog – so many internships and jobs are posted via social media and prospective employers will check out your digital presence before they even meet you.
5. You will meet people in amazing positions, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, hold a conversation and follow-up. Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way and you will have nothing to regret. LinkedIn and twitter are a great way to break the ice and develop a connection.
Tip: Volunteer/intern as much as you can within your selected fields whilst you’re still studying, you will make more contacts and have a better understanding of the world you are trying to get into.
My first week at the Kal Miner.
For those of you who haven’t worked at a daily newspaper the experience can at times be difficult and somewhat stressful. Battling deadlines, spending hours on the cold calling sources and trying to hunt throughout a town you know very little about to find a story doesn’t sound like much fun does it?
Luckily for me the Kalgoorlie Miner is an amazing publication or more to the point an amazing team. Moving to a new town to start a job in which one of the keys is being “in the know” about what is happening is never going to be easy but it all depends on the environment. In this case all the other journalists and photographers were extremely helpful and made my week fly by.
The stories I did were actually of a wide variety (mainly because I don’t have a round yet although that shall be pencilled in this week I hope). On my first day I spent most of the day sitting in a court room listening to the stories of those who managed to get themselves in trouble on the weekend. This meant my first published articles were court briefs. Over the next few day I completed stories on everything from quilting groups, breast-feeding, girls scouts all the way up to a piece for our weekly magazine about a local citizen and their pets. Yes, it may not be extremely hard hitting just yet but this are the sort of stories that sell a newspaper so the hard hitting pieces will have to wait a few more weeks until I get settled in to the town that is Kalgoorlie.
What the experience here thus far has drilled into me even more has been the importance of previous work experience while I was studying. I was lucky enough to work for a newspaper in the USA and be on the editorial staff of university run magazine at La Trobe. It makes the transfer to a “real job” just that much easier. How many university students who haven’t done work experience or interned somewhere would know or understand how a newsroom works or what to do to cover a story quickly and comprehensively? Just being able to sit in on a workplace (even if you are making coffee for the employees) will teach you a lot more than you think.
There is no question moving away from home was a hard for me, as it would be for anyone. But the thing a lot of journalism students are yet to realise is that that is what most media companies want. It is easier to stay in Melbourne or Sydney and spend two years working for nothing than it is to move away from home and work for a daily news paper or TV station. Most of the large media organisations actually have unofficial policies that they will not hire anyone who hasn’t done regional reporting for at least 18 months (excluding cadetships and traineeships).
So if my first week has taught me anything at all it is go regional and get experience. Put yourself out there and learn on the job rather than assuming a degree will make everything okay because it is just one small part of a huge challenge.