Julia blossoming in multiple directions

A diverse range of interests has led to a diverse range of job opportunities for Julia Greenhalf.

Julia has been able to utilise her Monash Journalism skill set as a content producer and radio presenter.

Here is her profile…

Name: Julia Greenhalf

Course: Bachelor of Arts

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism/School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Campus: Clayton/Caulfield

Year graduated: 2016

Current position: Content Writer at Arrow Digital, Presenter/Producer at SYN Radio & Vision Australia Radio

Why did you choose to study journalism at Monash?

Funnily enough when I was applying for uni courses at the end of high school, Monash had stood out to me for its reputation in linguistics and jazz. It wasn’t until I got to the open day that people started pointing out that all the subjects I studied and enjoyed throughout school had a common thread – a love of writing and analysing language. So I thought let’s give it a go, I’ll add it to my units. Fast forward a few years and I’ve got a major in it.

How did Monash help get you to where you are now?

At my high school I was surrounded by people with similar upbringings who lived in neighbouring postcodes. Because of Monash’s wide academic pull, you come into contact with people you otherwise might not have crossed paths with. From that experience, it was amazing to tap into different perspectives, backgrounds and new ways of doing things from both students and teachers. Although I don’t work in journalism, I tap into the skills I learnt in the classroom every single day. From brainstorming segments, researching stories and interviewing talent, to presenting, blogging, writing for the web and marketing on social media, I can see that journalism skills are transferable to other industries and highly sought after in today’s fluid workforce.

Best Monash memory?

In my final semester, I got to create a 10-minute documentary on AFLW and interview some incredible women behind the story before it became household news. That, or my first year Linguistics lecturer telling his distant ed students playing along at home that he resembled Zac Efron. The following week he rocked up with an Efron cut-out to the amusement of the on-campus students.

What advice would you give your first-year uni self?

Regularly practise your craft, whatever your passion. Start a YouTube account, a podcast, a Facebook page, a blog. The sooner you start, the better. In today’s day and age, it’s so easy to self publish, so make a commitment to yourself to regularly build upon your body of work. And do internships! Monash were great at emphasising their importance. They not only look great on a resume, but they help you gauge whether this is what you should be doing and even open up doors down the track. I was a very shy person, so I struggled to walk the talk. I knew I needed to put my hand up for everything, keep an ear out for every opportunity, introduce myself to the person next to me, etc. Because, as we’re all told, you never know if that person’s housemate’s cousin’s brother-in-law could be the in for that first job. Having finally taken my own advice on board, I can see a huge difference in both my personal and professional development.

What did you wish you knew before going out into the workforce?

The media landscape is very hard to crack, so having a diverse, refined set of skills is usually not enough. Backing yourself and persisting is so important.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

That’s tough! I’ve learnt a lot from my peers. I also admire many radio professionals. And can’t go past my Year 12 English/English Language teacher.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I’d love to be working in creative media, either producing or presenting. Or working in France on an English-speaking program, combining my passions.

What was your very first job?

Paper round! And no, the love of media did not begin there – it was the worst. Especially when upgrading my trolley after the first one gave way outweighed how much I was earning.

What was your dream job growing up?

A hairdresser and a florist, combined. Then I decided I wanted to be a teacher – my poor teddy bears.

Any hidden talents?

I can play drums and piano.

Any pets?

Yes – a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel! Everyone thinks he’s a girl.