BY RUTH BERAN AND NATALIE POZDEEV
DISCUSS: Progress: what’s going well? What’s not so far?
GROUP WORK: sharing resources (do you have an opportunity you can share with someone else?)
Thank you letters
DISCUSS: have you ever written a professional thank you letter? Why do you think it might be important to write a thank you letter?
No matter what industry or job, the reality of the day-to-day of any job is different to what it looks like from the outside.
One of the things we try to achieve in Work Practice is lessening the gap between what we think working in media is, and reality.
You’re here because you’re thinking about working in media, or in a media role.
You might know a little bit about what you want to do.
You might know more than a little bit.
Either way, the more research you do, the better prepared you are for your career.
If you have a clear plan for your Career Advice report:
Go ahead and just do it.
If you’re still working out how to approach your Career Advice report:
Let’s try this exercise.
- List 3-5 jobs that you would be interested in doing in the media industry.
They can be real or imagined.
They can be concrete goals or vague interests (particularly if you’re not 100% sure of your goals yet).
They can have a lot of detail (eg News Director at Nova Brisbane), or be a bit more vague (eg social media for a fashion or lifestyle brand). Just write down what you know about it.
- For each, write down what you think you would do in the job.
What would the fun bits be?
What would be the frustrating bits?
What would you spend the most time doing?
Have a look at online info about jobs too.
- For each, write some questions that would help you work out if your perception is accurate.
They could be broad or general.
eg. What’s your average day like?
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
What skills or attributes do you need to be good at your job?
- For each, find at least one person who currently has that job.
You can find them on LinkedIn, through your existing network, or another way.
- Write a short introductory message.
eg. Hi <Sarah>, I’m an aspiring radio announcer and current TAFE student, and was hoping we could connect on LinkedIn. OR
Hi <Sarah>, I’m an aspiring radio announcer, and am doing some research about the industry as part of my TAFE course. Would you mind if I asked you a couple of questions about your career?
- Actually send the messages.
Also if you get more than one response, say YES to all of them.