I never pictured myself pursuing a career in radio. I finished high school then received a scholarship to attend AUT University to pursue a career in Nursing. Sadly that didn’t pan out due to family commitments and ended up working in manual labour until late last year. I came to the realization that I didn’t want to do what I was doing for the rest of my life and wanted to pursue a career that I’d be happy doing in my spare time. Without a word of a lie, I heard an ad on the radio about enrolments for the NZSOR, on my way to a job.
I then applied for this course with the idea that radio is just on air announcing – that changed within the first week. There is production (Producing advertisements, song sweepers, show production pieces etc), copy writing (Writing advertisements to be produced), promotions and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! The NZSOR – TGA equips you with GREAT foundation skills in all these areas. However, like anything you only get out as much as you put in! A career in radio is unlike any other career path. My advice to anyone thinking of applying – go for it and don’t treat it as a
holiday; because the benefits of hard work there, prove beneficial in getting into the industry!
Near the end of the course I scored an opportunity at Mai FM in Auckland. Since then, I have voiced the Midnight to Dawn shift for Mai FM for a solid 2 months (unpaid), filled in on-air a couple of times on the Night show, whilst doing promo work for Mai – I did the hard yards and worked for free for a while to get my foot in the door, but now I am the Drive Host on Mai FM nationwide.
In summary, I never thought in a million years that when I first enrolled into the NZSOR Tauranga, that over a half a year later I would be where I am now. Thanks to Hamish, Dan, Matt and Lisa for equipping me with all the skills I have needed to get me where I am today – also a massive nod to all the guest speakers we had over our 20 weeks of course.
If you are like me and are looking for an exciting career where each and every day I wake up, I’m genuinely excited to go to work, I STRONGLY advise you enrol and take that crucial first step!!!