Journalism alumna Grace Kalac shares how her Arts degree is helping her get a head start in her career

Journalism alumna Grace Kalac (Master of Journalism, 2018) credits the hands-on internships undertaken throughout her Monash Arts degree with launching her into an exciting career in digital media.

During her degree, Grace took advantage of a number of hands-on work experience opportunities, including a four-month internship with Richmond Football Club which led to a full-time position as a Digital Content Officer.

We recently caught up with Grace to chat about how her postgraduate university experience provided her with the tools and knowledge she needed to take her first strides into Australia's dynamic media landscape.

What was it like breaking into the industry? Was it more "who you know" than "what you know"? 

I found it to be a combination of both and interning really tied the two together. I interned a lot throughout my course and found that each opportunity led me to the next, through networking but also because of the skills I developed. Without the opportunity to intern at Richmond, I wouldn’t hold the current position that I do, and I wouldn’t have received the opportunity to intern at Richmond if it wasn’t for my previous experience. Undertaking plenty of internships also allowed me to navigate which area of journalism suited me best. If you’re passionate and willing to work hard, you’ll be able to break into the industry.

What was a key lesson you learnt at Monash?

To make the most of the opportunities on offer. Completing as many internships as I could allowed me to put my degree into practice and gain invaluable industry experience, all while creating a portfolio of work. Partaking in the New York field school unit, where we visited some of the world’s most prestigious news organisations, provided me with an international perspective of the digital media era and was an incredible opportunity.

What is a “day in the life” of your current role?

My role varies each day, which is what I really love about it. Usually, it’s a mix of interviewing, writing news stories, social media and publishing website content. Game days are a really exciting part of my job and often involve interstate travel.

What skill (or skills) would you recommend aspiring journos acquire before getting into the industry?

I think having digital skills, such as basic HTML and Photoshop knowledge, is really valuable. A lot of roles these days require much more than just news writing, so having a digital edge will hold aspiring journalists in good stead when applying for jobs.

What is your dream job now?

I absolutely love doing what I’m doing right now!

Who do you look up to most in the industry?

Sam Lane is a fantastic role model for women aspiring to work in sports media and an exceptional interviewer.

Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow alumni?

Yes! I made lifelong friends through the New York field school experience. It’s so great to catch up with my fellow alumni and hear about where their degree has taken them.

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