Having recently completed her first year studying professional communications at RMIT, Abby Walter is working towards an exciting – and hopefully globetrotting – career in journalism.
My dream job would be to work overseas for a print publication or online journal.
“I’ve had the chance to experiment and learn in multiple disciplines in my field of study. Not only has it cemented my decision to pursue journalism, but it has also helped me understand how they would overlap in the working world while giving me the skills to be able to change my mind about my ultimate career goals.
“When searching journalism courses and universities in both Victoria and South Australia I came across professional communications, and investigating further I found that I could learn the essentials of multiple skills and disciplines in the communications field while concentrating mainly on journalism. Apart from the course it offered me, I chose RMIT because it felt right. I went to a couple of open days and was thinking that I could attend these universities and really enjoy it, but as soon as I walked around the RMIT city campus I knew that it was exactly where I wanted to go to university. After that my VTAC preferences were simple.
“In my course you get to experience four of the communications disciplines and although I am pretty confident in my decision to pursue journalism, there have been times where I have also considered advertising after enjoying learning about it in one of my classes. However, if your course specialises in a particular area of communications, just remember that there are some skills that are transferable across all the areas within the field, so keep an open mind about the other disciplines. In the real working world, you will be interacting with people that studied a variety of forms of communication.
"I was very fortunate to be a Snap (Schools Network Access program) student as it took a small amount of pressure off me in the lead up to exams and made me more secure and confident in my preference selection knowing I had support if I didn't receive the results I wanted or needed.
“I am currently playing for the RMIT Netball Club in both the social and competitive leagues and couldn’t recommend it highly enough. I have met so many wonderful people from RMIT that I would never have crossed paths with if it wasn’t for netball and I can’t wait for next year’s seasons.
“My dream job would be to work overseas for a print publication or online journal. I think the experience would be phenomenal. I love the prospect of travelling while doing something that I love. It would be an incredible learning curve."