It’s time to get real. Unless you’re fortunate enough to be born into a nepotistic thriving business, or are extremely well connected, you’re going to have to slog it in this industry like the rest of us. The world of media and communications in Australia can be a difficult place to navigate. As such, here are a few tips to set you on the right path.

Understand your work environment

Wherever you’re employed, it’s likely that the business is quite complex. As such, you should take the time to learn the ins and outs of what actually goes on there. It’s a sure-fire way to give you an advantage over your peers, and gain a valuable appreciation of how the company actually works. It’s never too late to learn, and your co-workers can be vital sources of useful information that might even help you in your work.

Be an asset

It’s vital that you do your best to become indispensible in the workplace. With the amount of young, enthusiastic media and communications students coming out of the woodwork, you need to do everything in your power to make yourself both valued and respected in your field. Always being there to lend a helping hand on a project will see your value skyrocket.

Be a problem solver not a problem maker

There are enough people in this industry who are constantly in their boss’s ear complaining about the mountain of work they have to do, or moaning about the attitudes of co-workers. In these kinds of situations, someone needs to stand up and provide ways in which these problems can be solved. Of course, there are times when you’ll struggle to solve problems yourself. However, it will definitely be worth the extra time not to make these problems your boss’s. By showing a little initiative and doing things yourself, you’ll be amazed at not only the extra respect you’ll gain around the workplace, but by the new skills you’ll undoubtedly pick up along the way.

Parting word of advice

The world of media and communications can be a scary and fiercely competitive place. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve worked in the industry for 20 minutes or 20 years. It’s impossible to overstate how important it is to never stop learning and growing. Lastly …

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By Mattew Wright

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