Contribution and collaboration
I think our group collaborated together really well. Most of us had worked together at some stage over the degree meaning we had a strong sense of what people strengths were. In terms of my own contribution I think I helped run meetings, as I have quite a loud voice I used it to help guide the meetings. In the lead up to the event we had several meetings to arrange guests, organise our seminar style and to plan questions and finer details. One problem that did occur was our organisation of guests, which fell through at times. This meant we had to find other guests in a short amount of time. However as we were all working together these glitches seemed as though they never happened and it all worked out in the end. The main problem of organising the guests later than we had anticipated was then creating posters and advertising was all slightly delayed, however in saying that it was all ready to go by the Monday our week started.
Within the organisation of the seminar I did feel that pressure being the presenter and holding the main grounds for how it would ultimately run. To make sure I was prepared for this I had to draw off prior learning I had done, ie the live interviews I had done with RWAV on RRR. I think that often we are learning and having to deal with new situations, none of the group had organised or ran a seminar such as this so it was a learning curve putting it together and organising it. A lot of the skills involved I already had but making sure they were all used appropriately came down to how well we worked as a group and given that I think we all came together really well I believe that everyone could utilise there skills to create the best seminar. It consolidated my skills in talking and meeting people, from the seminar I was able to further contact some of the guests as part of my PNR which gave me really great individual advice about entering the industry.
I was able to attend most of the seminar series; I made it to all except for two. In terms of group meetings I was in attendance at all of them and always made sure I stayed up to date with the facebook group so I was constantly in the loop with the progression of the seminar. As mentioned previously I was able to actively contribute to group meetings and being a loud voice amongst everyone was able to run some of the meetings/ keep people on track. My contribution to the event itself I believe to be quite significant as I was the MC. In preparation I did background research on all the guests and made sure I knew what questions we wanted to ask as a group. I believe I did a good job and facilitated an interesting and informative seminar (even if I am a bit bias). As I was more involved in the pre production and production the post production fell onto other people, however given how many people there were in the group this seemed fair enough and a good way to evenly spread the work around. I believe that my participation and involvement within the seminar series was of a high standard that I am happy with.
Connections & intersections
I think the seminars were so valuable in teaching us ways of entering the industry. At the start of the semester I wasn’t ready for graduation but now am excited and happy about it!
The seminar not only informed us of the many jobs and different skills within the industry but illustrated ways to “get in” and do what we are really passionate about. As all of us have different interests it was a great way to break it up amongst ourselves and organise a seminar we were really passionate about. I think this is why the series was of such a high standard. The seminar has taught me that networking isn’t even too bad, that people are willing to talk to you and give you tips and advice. I think that it has enhanced and helped my networking abilities to a point where I am confident in myself that I will be able to find a place within the media industry. I have learnt that I can pull off hosting a seminar that I do have a personality, which is a good fit for the industry and gives me the ability to talk to people easily. The missing step was always how do I find the people to talk to, and this has helped a great deal in solving that missing link. I now can actually see myself entering the industry (radio specifically) and am really excited by that prospect, this seminar series has demonstrated that our graduating class is highly talented and that whether you are a filmmaker, internet whizz or radio kid there’s a place for all us out there. I say bring it on, graduation 2012!