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Week 3 - Media Career Planning
This week we are going to use some tools to think about how to start planning for a media career

Information
Planning for a career in the media should be something that you begin to do earlier in your studies, rather than at the end of the degree. This is because early planning will allow you to identify the gaps in your knowledge and skills that you can then use the degree to fill.

Career planning is about understanding:
Yourself - your values, interests, and aspirations
Your knowledge - the study and life experiences that contribute to your discipline-specific, professional and social knowledge
Your skills - the way you have applied your knowledge in professional and social settings
Taking your self, knowledge, and skills, career planning involves matching what you already have to an entry point career in the media -- and then finding the gaps that you need to fill in order to get to your desired career.

You can think about this process similar to the image above. Career planning is finding the links between your own skills and experiences and the career possibilities these might generate in the media industry. This process is quite reflective, but don't let a lack of confidence hold back your planning. All your professional and life experiences are useful in some way; backpacked around Europe for a year? You gained organizational and time management skills! Perhaps you worked in hospitality roles or picked up a language. These are all skills and knowledge you could use in a resume or portfolio.

There are only two tasks this week as you begin preparing for your mentoring session.
Firstly, ensure that you are up to date with your all your responses from week 1 to now. Making sure your agenda is complete especially important this week, as you will need to send the final draft to your mentor before your session.
Secondly, complete this week's task to help prepare you for your first discussion.

Task
Start the process of media career planning by completing a reflection activity for career planning. This career plan should be used in two ways:
a. To give you some structure to your discussion with your mentor about your own professional goals;
b. To compare your own planning to the planning and development your mentor used in their own career.
Your response should be structured as a table:

Week 5 - Activity 5.1: Meeting Your Mentor - Reporting Back
Task
Having completed your first mentoring session, this task will allow you to report on your session, the key discussion points and key learnings from this session.

Response

Answer the following questions in order to report back to the group about your first mentoring session
1. What were the key things discussed in your mentoring session?
2. Was there something surprising or interesting that your mentor said about their work or part of the media industry that you can report back to the group?
3. What was your key learning/s from this first mentoring session?
4. What do you need to follow up on or think about asking at your next session?

Deadline And Durations

This to task should take 45 minutes complete and be no longer than 400 words.
Week 5 - Activity 5.2: Completion of Your First Professional Goal
This week we reflect on the mentoring session and the completion of your own career goals in relation to the knowledge gained from that first meeting.
Since last week, most of you would have had your first session with your mentor, whether face to face, on the telephone or online. Based on your set agenda from week two, you would have initiated discussion about several topics.

Task

Let’s create a set of goals based on that work and your mentoring sessions. The task this week is to create, based on your responses in week three and your subsequent mentoring, what your professional development priorities are in terms of:
• Professional development and industry readiness goals, ie. Where I am aiming to end up and how to be ready to make the first steps to be there.
• Professional knowledge goals, ie. What do I need to learn before I am ready?
• Professional and industry skill goals, ie what do I need to be able to do to show that I’m ready.
You don’t have to know absolutely what each of these priorities might be, but having at least thought about professional direction would be useful.

Week 8 - Activity 8.1: Meeting Your Mentor - Reporting Back
Task
Having completed your second mentoring session, this task will allow you to report on your session, the key discussion points and key learnings from this session.

Response
Answer the following questions in order to report back to the group about your first mentoring session
1. What were the key things discussed in your mentoring session?
2. Was there something surprising or interesting that your mentor said about their work or part of the media industry that you can report back to the group?
3. What was your key learning/s from this first mentoring session?
4. What do you need to follow up on or think about asking at your next session?

Deadlines and Durations
This task should take 45 minutes to complete and be no longer than 400 words

Week 8 - Activity 8.2
What are the key strategies a student might employ during their degree to best situate themselves for employment in the media industry?
There are many 'bad news stories' about finding employment after completion of your degree - this (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. recent article suggests that graduate job prospects are as low as recession-era Australia.
However, the article does suggest that there are some work-related strategies that may help situate graduates for employment.
Some of the Opportunities That Swinburne Offer Include (From the Swinburne Website - Links Included)

• Job Application Resources

Our Centre for Career Development (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. has offices at the Hawthorn, Wantirna, and Croydon campuses. Here you’ll find useful resources on employment, employability and job applications.
Attend our seminars, workshops, and conferences throughout the year to learn about career paths, résumé writing, cover letters, key selection criteria and job interviews.

• Careers Counseling
Receive valuable guidance on planning, searching, applying and attending interviews, including mock interview sessions. Book a one-on-one career counseling session or attend our daily drop-in service for résumé and cover letter checks.

• Employer Networking
Attend one of our regular on-campus employer information sessions, webinars or exhibitions. We partner with employers to ensure you are aware of job opportunities. And you can develop your contacts at employer/student networking events.
Some of the Opportunities That Students Should Look to Individually Complete Are

• Mentoring
Obviously, your mentoring opportunity this semester has a number of benefits, including getting advice, understanding the industry more and networking with your peers.
As you complete your degree, think about how other mentors might be able to help you - can a business mentor help you set up your own business? Do networking groups help you find your peers that might be interested in employing you

• Work Experience/Internships

Work experience gives you the opportunity to both learn and develop new skills, as well as show off skills you already have to potential employers. You are also much more likely to gain employment if you have done some work in your field before you graduate.
Swinburne offers lots of internship opportunities but you could also seek your own.

• Industry-led Assessment and Portfolios
Excelling at industry-led assessment shows off your skills and professionalism to potential mentors and employers - it also gives you another point of contact when you are trying to find a job after graduation.
Similarly, industry-led projects and assessment give you materials you can put in your portfolio to better illustrate your skill set.

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