Facing Your Fears

By Stephanie Hume.


To lead a rich and fulfilling life we all must push the boundaries on our comfort zone. However, to lead a life that pushes our level of comfort is no easy feat. At times it’s difficult to push yourself to do things you’ve never done before. Why? It makes us feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. However, in my experience, you stand to grow the most with experiences that push your limit and prove you’re far more capable than you give yourself credit for.

As an intern, and in your career, there will be countless moments where you’ll have to face a fear to achieve a goal. For myself, that has been enrolling in a public speaking club to overcome my fear of public speaking so I can be a better communicator. For others, it could be throwing yourself into a new work experience you know nothing about, learning a new skill or even simply attending a networking event alone to expand your professional contacts.


Below we’ve outlined what strategies can be used to face your fears:

–  Keep a glass jar of experiences you’ve courageously overcome and that you are proud of. This way you have easy access to past personal wins that will help you to boost your confidence when tackling new challenges.

–  Remembering that anxiety is natural and normal to all living beings. You don’t have to like it, however, no one has died from feeling uncomfortable.

–  Take a piece of paper and write down what your fears are. When they are written down it removes the fear from inside you and in my experience proves to me why I’m feeling anxious and that it’s okay to feel the way I do.

–  Understand that failure is apart of learning. When we were younger and we learned to ride a bike did the amount of times we fell off affect our desire to ride? I highly doubt it. We wanted that experience so bad we were willing to fail 1000 times to get there. Remember this next time you fail on the journey to your goal.

–  Acknowledge the goal or fear you need to overcome and the steps you need to take to achieve it. I sometimes make the mistake of seeing the goal I want to achieve and forget it is made up of components. By breaking the goal down into achievable steps, I’m more able to reach it and less likely to let fear get in my way.

– Write down your core values to lead your life. By taking the time to do this, life decisions are not ruled by fear or anxiety. If something like taking a new work opportunity is apart of your values, anxiety isn’t able to make a winning case to change your decision.

– Take up the challenge. The biggest waster of time in achieving goals is worrying, stalling due to anxiety and getting caught in the, ‘what if this happened…’ cycle. Courage breeds courage, so the more you say yes to things and push yourself outside of your comfort zone, the more opportunities you’ll take up.

–  Finally, you have to remember everyone experiences bursts of anxiety and fear in going after their dreams.  It makes it much more bearable when you realise fear is all apart of the pursuit of a career we want to have.


What other strategies would you add to the list?

Wishing you all the best in overcoming fears in your own life.


The importance of cultivating a supportive peer network

By Stephanie Hume.

The life of an intern involves a journey of highs and at times many lows. At some stage you will feel lost, feel like you have a lack of direction, and go through periods of doubting yourself and your career path. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative to have a positive and supportive network to help you navigate through the difficult times. a

As an intern, I personally have required the support of friends and family to help me with putting together applications, prepping for interviews, overcoming anxiety in new work environments, dealing with rejection, and even harder decisions, like letting go of an opportunity for another one. As strong as I know we all are, a supportive network makes us even stronger.

However, what makes us stronger again is a positive, helpful and generous peer network. There have been times when my peers, who are pursuing the same or related careers as me, have been given opportunities when I have not. It’s natural to be envious. However, I learnt early on in my intern journey to remain supportive and celebrate their wins as much as my own. Through this commitment I have developed stronger and more beneficial connections with friends and new ones. I have a tight group of friends that make me an even stronger individual, that are genuinely happy for me and have my back at any moment. The world of PR, journalism, media, advertising and marketing are very competitive, however, I believe this is exactly the reason to band together as a team and help each other out.

Below are some tips to cultivate your own garden of nurture and support:


–       Let your friend or contact know of an opportunity you saw that they might be interested in applying for.

–       Cultivate some peer group love by making a habit of helping where you can and championing your friends.

–       Be genuine in congratulating them and celebrate with them in their successes.

–      Hold their hand or wipe away their tears when they are feeling down about how their journey is going.

–      Be honest with your peers about when you are applying for an opportunity you think they may have or had in the past. The sooner the better, rather than when you’ve already started. They’ll appreciate your honesty and it will strengthen the bond of your team.

–       Support others in their career navigation. Our journey is cyclical, some days we win some days we lose.

–       Be gracious in your own wins, but don’t feel you have to hide your happiness or celebration of a new opportunity. If you can’t celebrate happiness with friends where can you?

–      Offer to proofread job applications, cv’s or cover letters and help with mock interviews. It not only helps out your friend, but also you get the chance to see how other people approach applying for a job.


–       Continue to interact with people that cannot be happy for you or who try to bring you down. They honestly are not worth the drama or energy.

–       Make snide remarks or gossip about how your friend doesn’t deserve the opportunity that you didn’t get. You’re losing out on more than an internship or job, you’re potentially losing a friend who has loved and supported you.

–       Let defeat get you down, keep on applying and getting in touch with places you want to intern at and one day soon you’ll have your own chance to celebrate.

What other tips would you add that have worked in the past for you?

All the best in your own journey fellow interns! x


By Stephanie Hume.


With university holidays well underway I thought it was the perfect time to offer my recommendations for holiday reads to help inspire you all for semester two or even to help you navigate through your current internship.

I love any form of advice, inspiration or pep talk, that fosters personal growth and development, so it’s not surprising I love career-based books that impart valuable wisdom, which we can all learn something from where others have failed.

Below, in no particular order, are my top five career books for intern inspiration and are well worth a read.



1. If You Have To Cry Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Didn’t Tell You – Kelly Cutrone

For any future or current PR gun, this book is your bible. Dishing out some tough love, Cutrone lends her reader insight into her career highs and lows and how she learnt to overcome the extreme lows through cultivating a commitment to living a life of truth.

She empowers budding power people and provides practical advice and tips with examples from her personal and professional life. This book cuts through the niceties and forces the reader to go after what they want in life, which I found to be very empowering.



2. Women, Work And The Art Of Savior Faire: Business Sense And Sensibility – Mireille Guiliano


From the woman that brought us, French Women Don’t Get Fat, and the former CEO of Veuve Clicquot, this book offers a laundry list of business etiquette and practical advice.

Largely female focused, offering advice on work place practice, the importance of a career mentor and how to fulfill a successful professional and personal life. I found this book to be very helpful, at times lecture-like, but did offer relevant practical career tips.






3. Lean In: Women, Work And The Will To Lead – Sheryl Sandberg


Yes the brand new feminism book, but don’t judge before reading. Highly researched and lessons for men and women. Sheryl writes a very personal account on her experiences as a person, as an employee, as a leader, as a mother and as a woman. It is eye opening and insightful as to why women are in small percentages in leadership positions around the world. However, the research throughout is astonishing and proves we still have a long way to go in personal and professional lives to reach true gender equality.

I now have a new career crush. Sheryl is genuine and witty, and in showing her own short comings as a person proves even being a Harvard graduate and COO of Facebook does not protect her from facing insecurities and difficulties. To get a hint of what the book is about check out her TED Talk.


4.    The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them NowMeg Jay defining decade

I have not yet read this book, but recently watched Meg Jay’s TED Talk and was blown away. Through her experience as a psychologist she learnt that our “thirty is the new twenty” culture was making us twentysomething’s believe our twenties didn’t matter. However, Meg Jay argues the twenty’s are the defining decade of adulthood.

After watching the Ted Talk I had a mini freak out as I too had been tricked into this mantra that the twenties were a buffer decade in the lead up to our 30th birthday. This advice and insightful teachings are relevant and timely and a big wake up call, personally and professionally. I cannot wait to read this book.


5. Oh The Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss dr-seuss-front-cover-177908

I did say there was no order, however, this book has helped me through the highs and lows, mainly the lows, and is my favourite pick me up. Dr. Seuss weaves his words magically in this beautifully illustrated picture book. It’s actually a good book to re-visit as its narrative is empowering and helps show that your life will have many highs and lows and that’s natural and normal. My favourite line is:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

There is also a video that was released by Burning Man in 2011 that brings to life the creative words and wisdom.



The list could inevitably keep going. However, these are my personal picks at the moment. We’d love to hear your own recommendations to see what other books you’ve read, are reading or want to read in the future, which could be added to the list.

How to cut it as a TV Broadcast Journalist

ClaireWheatonProfileClaire Wheaton, TV News Journalist and Presenter on Southern Cross Ten, imparts her advice on how to carve out a career in broadcast journalism.

With a Bachelor of Professional Communication (Journalism) from RMIT, she emphasises the need to gain a wide variety of experiences before graduating and stresses the importance of maintaining relationships even after you finish your internship.  She speaks with My Interning Life below:

What are the key skills that students should seek to develop before graduating, that will make them hireable in the media upon graduation?

Intern at as many places as you can (at least 2 a year – and try and keep some ongoing)

Vary the types of companies you work with- that way you can be sure to find out what you like, and what you don’t like!

Keep in touch with all the places you intern at…keep a diary with the names, emails and numbers of News Directors…and spam them with your work until they give you a shot.

Did you intern before getting into the industry? If so where?

Some of my internships that come to mind…A week with Channel Nine in Adelaide (this one week made me sure I wanted to work in TV news)

At the other end of the spectrum, a six week internship with a PR Agency that made me want to stab myself in the eyeball.

What do you think makes a good intern and an asset to the workplace?

Someone who is helpful, open minded, shows initiative, and is not a pushy know-it-all.

What are key characteristics that are necessary for a career in the media?

The ability to believe in yourself and keep going when you get knocked down time and time again…because you will.

What would be your advice to yourself when you were starting out knowing now what the industry involves?

For anyone interested in media, be prepared and open-minded about moving regional….it’s a great way to get a start, and a terrific place to make all the mistakes you definitely will.

You can follow Claire Wheaton on Twitter.

My Interning Life Event: Getting there

My Interning Life Event

Monday 15th April 2013


The Honey Bar 345 Clarendon St, South Melbourne.

Getting there

You can catch two trams directly to the venue of the My Interning Life event. Trams no.1 and no.112 both stop directly outside The Honey Bar on the corner of Clarendon & Park streets. You can catch the 112 tram from Spencer St and the 1 tram from Melbourne Central or Flinders St. After 6pm there is also street parking and across from bar on Park St there is a small carpark available.

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Hope to see you there!

The Chat Room: Social Media Workshop Event

Hi Everyone,

Please check out this great social media event being held in Melbourne this Wednesday October 24th hosted by THE CHAT ROOM. ‘The Social Media Workshop’ is the first event by Stepback Entertainment. A list of speakers is here.

“At this half-day event we will be bringing the online offline and allowing you to interact with young tastemakers leading the way in online relations. We also have some baby boomers to interpret our GeyY speak so don’t stress if you are not overly tech savvy. This event is ideal for business owners and anyone looking at building up their own online brands.

This  jam packed event will ensure you walk away with a comprehensive idea of:

  • How the social media landscape works
  • How to engage followers and create diagloues with your fans
  • What to write about to build a large following and to create conversations with your followers
  • What other successful social media marketers are doing to promote themselves and their businesses
  • How not-for-profit’s are using social media to create conversations and evoke emotions
  • How to include social media within your integrated marketing plan (combining offline and online)
  • And how to use a variety of different social media platforms to contribute to your online success

You will come away from the day feeling empowered to create effective dialogues with your current and future customers.

Percentage of ticket sales all going to the ONE GIRL Organisation, for their October campaign ‘Do it in a Dress’.

For more information on the speakers please click HERE.

Order tickets now to reserve your place. (Early bird pricing finishes at the end of September)

Sponsored by RMIT University.

See you there!”

Feel free to follow creator of The Chatroom, Justine ‘JMAC’ on Twitter.


Successful Intern: Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn aka Ryan Jon as you may know him from twitter, has recently completed a stint in Phuket, Thailand launching Phuket LIVE Radio.
He has recently returned to Australia where he will now be presenting the daily breakfast show at Power FM in the Hunter Valley. Ryan’s unique journey to his current job is today’s feature story on My Interning Life. 
The Basics

Ryan Jon Dunn, 24 years old. I have an honours degree in finance from Swinburne finished in 2010.  I completed three journalism subjects at La Trobe so I could qualify to play in the Australian University Games with a friend who already went there. I was either going to do Maths or Media, I choose media. We won La Trobe’s first ever Beach Volleyball gold medal, then played in the World University Games in Serbia. I enjoyed the media subjects, and ended up being part of Latrobe’s upstart Magazine editorial team.

What is your job title and what you currently do at your job on a day to day basis? 

I now work at Power FM in the Hunter Valley, I’ll be presenting the daily breakfast show and working with the content director to manage promotions and client integration.

However I was living in Phuket, Thailand working for Phuket LIVE radio. I produced a presented the daily four hour breakfast show which involves researching and preparing news, talk and entertainment segments. I was also the content manager, meaning I developed client based segments and competitions, and assisted other announcers preparing their shows.

Where you have interned and what you did to apply for your current job – how did interning help you stand out? 

I enjoyed making media content so I tried to combine my interests and education in finance and interned with SmartCompany.com.au, which is news for small to medium business owners.

I also did work experience with TRFM, a top 40 radio station in Gippsland. I worked with CPR communications, a Corporate Communications consultancy.  I also spent sometime with Glen Ridge’s show on MTR, for five days I was ‘Young Buck Ryan’ on the Matt and Jo Show on Fox FM and helped out back stage at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in addition to my work at SYN FM and Nova.

All of the things above, I had never done before. I’d never done anything on Commerical Radio before the Matt and Jo Show. I’d never presented my own shift on commercial radio before TRFM, I’d never written a hard news story before SmartCompany, I’d never worked on a live show before the Kids Choice Awards and never even thought about corporate communications before CPR.

In terms of ‘standing out’ as much as it looks good on your resume, it’s more about the skills you not only have, but that you can prove you have. It’s one thing to say, ‘yeah I can write hard news for online’ but the ability to put a hyperlink in a resume of a story you wrote for a reputable publisher is a lot better. In terms of radio, I always took the audio with me to put in a demo if need be.

Also, set a time on your last day to sit down with your boss and ask for feedback. If your ego can handle the criticism, it will be highly valuable exercise to a, learn where to get better and improve and b, it shows (a potential future employer) that you’re wanting to improve and willing to learn.

How important is it to network, have an online profile or twitter account? Is it about who you know or what you know?

I have scored jobs through twitter, acquired interviews with big names simply by asking them via twitter and increase the audience of work I have done by sharing it with those online.

My latest job with Hunter Valley had as much to do with twitter as it did as my radio work. In fact, I have no doubt without a, my twitter presence or b, the contacts I know via twitter, I would 100 per cent have not got this new job.

‘Marketing’ can be a frowned upon work in journalism, but if your writing for an online publication, if you have to share your work with as many as you can.

Without twitter or facebook, this is very difficult.In terms of online profiles, LinkedIn is a great platform. It’s not properly understood nor fully utilised in Australia…yet. But it will be and when it does, it’s the early adopters that will benefit the most.

How many interns do you employ and what do they help you with?

At Phuket LIVE Radio we had local Thai interns. Most were graphic design interns who made images for our website, facebook and twitter pages. One journalism intern we had helped behind the scenes and also did small things on air, like the read the weather and contribute to segments and Voiceovers.

Ryan shares his advice

I often send people a job advert and they say, I don’t have skills or experience for that. Let the employer tell you what you can’t do, rather than yourself. If your not qualified they won’t hire you and you move on. I can honestly say I have applied for and not got about 1,000 jobs.
But I didn’t think I had the skills for my job in Phuket, but I applied, and I got hired. I then spent my mornings doing breakfast radio and afternoons on different beaches in Phuket. Worked ok for me I guess. After six months, I learnt those skills I thought I lacked which allowed me to move into breakfast/promotions in the Hunter Valley. 
I think I’m slightly under qualified for this new job… I think you can see the point I’m making here.
In terms of interning, don’t have the mentality of ‘I don’t have the skills for that’ but rather, ‘that would be a great place to learn those skills’.
You can follow Ryan on twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn