Recently I’ve received 2-3 calls from a ‘No Caller ID’ which I have swiftly ignored in fear of telemarketing or just an unexpected hour-long discussion that I can’t escape. To be honest, I didn’t really think too much of them. Until yesterday, I received an e-mail from the ABC.
I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it on my blog at all, but I filled out an application to do a cadetship with the ABC (Australian News Broadcaster). Oh, and if you’ve never read my blog before – my ultimate career goal is to be a TV news presenter/anchor.
Anyway, basically this e-mail from the ABC, detailed that I’d missed multiple calls from them… and that I’d made it through to the next round of the interview process for one of their coveted cadetship positions! Now an ABC cadetship sounds like work experience really doesn’t it, but let me assure you it isn’t. More than 1000 applicants apply for the cadetship every year – to earn one of seven positions offered to budding journalists.
I called the lady from the e-mail, her name is Polly. She was lovely and congratulated me on the phone, and was very polite when I (probably too loudly) shouted ‘AWESOME, HOW EXCITING’ down the phone-line.
So basically, the next stage is a screen and voice test which involves a mock live-cross and a mock radio news bulletin. The latter I feel incredibly comfortable with – as I do it every day for work. But the former, I will have to get practising. But I do have a lot of experience behind a camera from YouTube, my course at TV Pro Global, and my screen test with the Finance News Network (a position I was offered but felt it just didn’t fit me).
So look, there are two more stages of the interview process – and yes I know the chances are slim, but I think it’s pretty bloody awesome that I have managed to get this far! Keep you posted.
Oh, P.S. Here’s one of my head-shots that I liked (un-photoshopped)