My chosen field that I wish to get into, either sports broadcasting or doing creative work for a bookmaker such as Sportsbet or William Hill, is tough and not as easily as simply acquiring a degree. There are several stages that need to be undertaken in order for me to gain employment, and these stages vary depending on which route I choose to go.
The first stage that I am well and truly in already, is to attend Univeristy and gain a relevant degree that fits the criteria for what these companies are looking for. Although something specific like a degree in Graphic Design or something of the sort may be more beneficial as it shows I am well rounded in one aspect, my Digital Media degree should show that I am well rounded. Along with my University degree, I have completed a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media through TAFE, which shows I am committed to the field and have the necessary skills to succeed.
Step 2 is build a showreel/portfolio of video and deisgn work that I have done throughout my studies and on the side. I have helped create quite a few videos now since I have been studying, with experience in a team environment that is similar to that in a sports broadcasting role, minus the live aspect. Through the TAFE system I have utilised their studio at the Innovation Campus and learn the roles of Directors, Producers, Gaffers and everything in between, so going out in the field to shoot creative work for a company would be no issue. Along with group class assessments I have also done a little bit of work for myself on the side, trying to help out friends while at the same time getting my name out there for future opportunities. Out of the work I have done, only 2 videos are probably relevant to the industry I want to enter; with both videos revolving around poker. One is a promotional video for a company, and the other is promoting a player. Both of the videos utilise multiple of my skills and I am very proud of how they turned out.
Once I have a sufficient showreel, it would then be time to seek employment opportunities or something like an internship to get my foot in the door. Although I do not intend on doing it until mid 2018 at least, I have been searching online for many employment opportunities in Melbourne involving what I want to do. There are constantly jobs advertised for bookmakers, in particular William Hill searching for a “Junior Creative Designer”, and I believe that I would be employable due to my skill set and passion for the industry. As a young person without previous work in the industry, I think that would add a tick against an enthusiastic person such as myself as they would like to mold a person into what they want them to be.