For Patrick Evans, a simple mantra of applying himself in his work has led to great results in his budding journalism career.
Patrick is currently Content Coordinator for Good Education, and hopes to one day start his own publication.
Here is his profile…
Name: Patrick Evans
Course: Bachelor of Journalism
Year graduated: 2016
Current position: Content Coordinator at Good Education Group
What was it like breaking into the industry? Was it more ‘who you know’ than ‘what you know’?
In my second year at Monash a friend recommended me for some part-time work as a content writer for a property company. This proved extremely valuable, as I was able to get industry experience while I was still studying and bolster my CV when I started looking for a job after graduating.
What is a ‘day in the life’ of your current role?
It often varies but a regular day could include anything from proofreading client material, analysing data, uploading blogs, drafting media releases as part of a PR campaign for one of our books, writing video scripts for our app and producing articles for external publications.
What was a key lesson you learnt at Monash that translated into your workplace?
From early on we were always told that you got out what you put in. This was apparent in a variety of ways, from procuring information from sources for news stories to trying to find work placements. The same principle applies in the workforce; the more you apply yourself, the better the results will be.
If you could go back and do your degree again, is there anything you’d change? Subject choice? Time management? Internships?
I would probably have broadened my horizons when it came to seeking work placement and internships. I completed my work placement at the Seymour Telegraph, a small newspaper about half an hour from the town where I grew up, and didn’t really try to get experience at a major daily or metropolitan paper. I would have liked some exposure to that type of environment, but having said that, I really enjoyed my time at Seymour and ending up working there after graduation, so it was a good result.
What skill (or skills) would you recommend aspiring journos acquire before getting into the industry?
A sound digital skill set is vital in the current media landscape but so too is the ability to deal with people. Soft skills like communication and problem solving are very important no matter what industry you are in, and journalism is no exception. Get used to talking to people, asking questions and listening.
When you were a child, what was your dream job?
I wanted to be an author from a young age and when I got a bit older I aspired to be a key figure in the AFL media.
What is your dream job now?
Honestly, I’m not 100 per cent sure. I really enjoy various elements of the media industry, including traditional journalism, communications, PR and marketing. At some stage, I think I would like to have my own publication and produce content that I’m passionate about.
Who do you look up to most in the industry?
I always looked up to Mike Sheahan and was further impressed when he gave a guest lecture to my digital reporting class at Monash. He spoke about how he preferred to write stories about what players did on the field rather than off it, something I agreed with as a prospective journalist and consumer of the football media.
Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow alumni?
I have crossed paths with several of my fellow alumni but probably not as often as I would like.
Do you follow any sports teams?
I am a big fan of sport in general but AFL is number one for me. My mum is from Geelong, so I follow the Cats.
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