Gaining life experiences through study
Holmesglen's sports media course came to Ren Thompson at just the right moment, and, like every good opportunity, he has grabbed his chance.
While the media industry provides a change of pace from Ren's retail days, his studies are offering greater life experience. Ren relocated from Adelaide to Melbourne to chase his career goals and now he is in a position to pursue a personal dream.
"My five-year goal has been to work at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. I still maintain a daily countdown on my desk at home," he says.
To achieve these aims, Ren has taken an active approach to his education. He is currently editor of the Holmesglen student publication, Quarter Times, and has worked as a contributor for the Victorian Amateur Football Association's Record. These roles have developed his writing abilities, contributed to his grammar and communications skills, and allowed him to better understand the role of a media professional.
"Before starting the course, I had never written a match report. Working for VAFA was a fantastic experience, which taught me how to write match reports concisely and work to a deadline."
Holmesglen's sports media course uses the classroom as the foundation for building skills and knowledge, but uses practical placements to complement this development. Ren has interviewed gold medal winning netballer Madi Robinson and Collingwood AFLW captain Steph Chiocci as part of his second-year work. The diversity of the course has also given him broader experience in creating social media plans and marketing strategies, and learning how to present to stakeholders.
Ren's passions have been revealed throughout his studies. His mindset has him ready for a future career in sports media.
"Take every opportunity that is offered to you, put yourself out there and be prepared to work hard."