Fenella Wagener’s journey to becoming a Senior Producer of Channel Nine’s flagship breakfast show TODAY, all began at Monash.
She credits the mentors gained through her time in the Monash Journalism program for kick-starting her career.
Here is her profile…
Name: Fenella Wagener
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism
Year graduated: 2012
Current position: Senior Producer on TODAY
Why did you chose to study journalism at Monash?
I didn’t want to do a generic ‘arts’ degree. I really wanted to have ‘journalism’ in the actual degree name and I knew Monash had a brand new journalism course, so it was the perfect choice.
How did Monash help get you to where you are now?
Monash gave me the best start. I can owe much of my career to two of my Monash lecturers who recognised my hard work and put me forward for opportunities.
Best Monash memory?
I can’t pinpoint one particular memory but I can say that I met some of my best friends at Monash!
What advice would you give your first-year uni self?
Enjoy the uni holidays! Also, jump straight into work experience in the industry because that’s what sets you apart from the rest.
What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?
It’s all a bit of a roller coaster once you get into the industry and you learn faster when you’re thrown in the deep end.
Who has been your biggest mentor?
One of my Monash journalism tutors, Matt Mitchell. He has been my mentor since the very start and I’m so lucky to have met him. I can thank him for my internship at the Herald Sun, for my job at Microsoft in Sydney and for bringing me over to Channel Nine.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Who knows! I’ve moved around so much in the past five years, I could be anywhere by then.
What was your very first job?
I was the certificate writer at Paul Sadler Swimland in Bendigo!
What was your dream job growing up?
Probably a singer or journalist.
Any hidden talents?
I can say the alphabet backwards!
I wish! One day (when I’m a little bit more settled).