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How to grow your radio career during your course

Lisa Fremder gained work experience with KIIS FM, 88.3 Southern FM, Channel 31, and at events such as the Brownlow Medal, during her CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media course.

This hard work was rewarded when she received a Holmesglen Dean’s Award and was a finalist in the Outstanding Diploma Student category at our 22nd Annual Holmesglen Awards Festival.

Lisa now works as a Traffic Reporter with the Australian Traffic Network.

So, what does Lisa believe are the most important things to do while you study, to secure your dream career?

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It sounds simple, but every goal starts with the effort that you choose to put in. Lisa decided she wanted to follow a radio career and then took the steps to achieve it.

“You learn a broad range of skills that will set you up for a number of jobs in the industry and you might even find a new area of interest while you’re doing it,” Lisa says of her course.

Always be willing to learn and always remain professional

How you conduct yourself can have a big impact on the work opportunities you receive. If you’re always willing to learn new skills and remain humble and passionate, people will notice.

“Your identity is your branding when it comes to promoting yourself, so focus on the best way to present ‘who you are’. Keeping a positive image is imperative. This will affect your future employment opportunities,” Lisa explains.

Gain as much work experience as you can

Don’t wait until you’ve finished your course to gain work experience. When you’re young, it’s a good time to complete volunteer work, internships or freelance jobs. From this, you get to practice the skills you gained in the classroom and learn new ones, plus build your professional contacts.

“It is very important to gain as much industry experience as possible when it comes to kick-starting your career in radio and TV. The more exposure to different studio sets and industry equipment you have, the more desirable you become to employers. Any experience you can get is invaluable.”

Have a clear goal, so you always know you’re working towards your career

Lisa’s bigger picture goal is to present or produce a children’s radio or television program. She knows that everything she is already doing in her career will take her a little closer to achieving this aim.

“Holmesglen has given me a love of all things media. They instilled in me the confidence, knowledge, passion and skills I needed in order to turn my dreams into reality,” she says.

Find out where a radio course can take you at our Animation, Screen and Media course page.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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