How to kickstart your career in radio

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Ask anyone in the media biz or adland and they’ll tell you that if you want to break into the industry, a communication degree from Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the way to go. And if you’re interested in a career in radio, look no further!

Wondering why?

Well, a big reason is the hands-on experience you gain while studying with us – thanks to the state-of-the-art facilities you learn in.

Case in point: 2MCE, CSU’s own community radio station based on the Bathurst campus.

2MCE allows students in our communication and creative industries (CCI) courses to come together to explore their passions and unleash their creative potential in the realm of broadcast radio. CCI students work closely with those from related courses so they can get involved in all aspects of bringing a story to life in the studio.

That’s right. You gain real-life, hands-on experience right from the very start of your course.

Practical skills in the studio

Employers love CSU grads. That’s because they know their employees have been learning the ropes since day one.

With 2MCE, students learn what it really takes to work in the radio industry. You’re given creative control and will create and produce stories, segments and entire programs for broadcast while studying. You’ll be expected to present, produce and manage the day-to-day operations of the studio – because your future employer is looking for grads with a full range of already-developed skills.

The digitisation of media will also play a big part in your studies. You’ll take classes in digital media production (think podcasts and online live broadcasting), so you’ll already be comfortable using media technology when you enter the workforce. Recent changes to the CCI courses mean that students also have the option to use an app to contribute to the running of the station – so you’ll have the freedom to present from anywhere!

You’ll work side by side with professional journalists, and have the chance to hear from them first-hand about industry insights and experiences.

During your time at CSU, you’ll become familiar with the tools and equipment of the industry because you use them every day. So when it’s time for you to graduate, you can hit the ground running and feel confident in your abilities to build a career in radio.

Kamin’s experience

Third-year CSU journalism student Kamin Gock recently took out the prestigious Brian White Scholarship, and is preparing to start an eight-week paid work attachment at four major radio stations in Sydney: Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment.

Kamin began his uni journey in Sydney, but quickly realised that he wasn’t in the right place.

Kamin Gock“I was initially enrolled at UTS [University of Technology Sydney] and I just had a really weird gut feeling that I didn’t want to go there, and wanted to travel to Bathurst. I called up CSU two weeks before O-Week and asked to join based on my school record and ATAR. Fortunately, they took me in with very little notice.”

Once he began studying with CSU, Kamin quickly realised that he’d made the right choice. He was encouraged by his lecturers to apply for internships – which is when things started to really roll for him.

“Through CSU I have done many internships, and through those experiences I have managed to get casual work – which is a foot in the door to a very competitive industry. From my experience, it’s a snowballing effect, after one internship you want more, and opportunities arise from putting yourself out there and applying yourself when you get the opportunities to be noticed.”

Kamin attributes a lot of his success to the skills he gained while working at 2MCE’s National Radio News (NRN), a program run by CSU allowing students to write and broadcast news for community radio.

“Honestly, without National Radio News, I wouldn’t have stood out for interviews or internship opportunities. It put me a step ahead of competition and taught me really valuable journalism skills, which many people don’t have. From the start of second year, you were thrown into the deep end and started producing news. It’s a place where you could quickly learn from your mistakes and spit out some quality news by the end of the cadetship. Speaking to people in the industry, I found out so many of them had also been an NRN cadet – and they all said the same thing about the experience you gain.”

History of 2MCE

Developed at what was then Mitchell College of Advanced Education (MCAE), 2MCE began broadcasting full-time in May 1976. The early broadcasts were via a 170-watt transmitter, and a bizarre aerial on top of the MCAE library.

Some of the volunteers involved in the first broadcasts remain on-air today, highlighting the important role community-access radio plays in the lives of many people.

2MCE includes two studios in building N2 on CSU’s Bathurst campus. Studio 4 was established in 1981 and is operated by the Student Broadcasting Society. The second is a separate news studio for National Radio News and is operated by the School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Feeling inspired to kickstart your career in communication? Take a look at our CCI courses and let your creativity flow.