*Never be afraid to ask questions
* Your voice matters
*If you make mistakes, learn from them
These are some of the words that Senator Jordon Steele-John, Senator for WA, Australian Greens used to open the session for Employment pathways at the NEMBC conference 2018. His very motivational speech was directed to the youth to encourage them to believe in themselves and build their own perspective regardless of their age, cultural background or even demographic.
‘Take ownership and improve from your mistakes’ was one of the key concepts he outlined during the workshop and he stressed the importance of using your voice and making your opinions heard despite adversity.
Once the motivational speech ended, Andrew O’Connor, News Editor from the ABC News in WA, took over to advise the youth on possible pathways to employment through the ABC’s Cadetship program and work placement opportunities. ‘We need you to not only listen, but put your voice in that debate and lead’ was one of the things that Mr O’Connor mentioned during the workshop.
For the talented broadcasters out there who want to apply or be part of the ABC team, Mr O’Connor suggested to not only show and say you have an interest but rather demonstrate your capacities through previous work and that includes blogs, podcasts,interviews or anything that you find is a valuable piece of content. So, now you know what to do-similar to what I am writing here, but spice it up as much as possible!
Last but not least, Giordana Caputo, CEO of the Community Media Training Organisation, ended the workshop by turning the tables and asking the youth in the audience what our experiences have been in the industry and what we are doing to be able to put ourselves out there and combat and overcome discrimination in the workplace.