Three popular, successful graduates from the Radio Humber Diploma program visited the Career Preparation for Radio class where the class of 18 - who are five weeks away from graduating - had the opportunity to listen to their journey, stories and advice.
Shem Parkinson - seven years out of the program - wears many hats at Kiss 92.5 and other Rogers Radio properties. Shem is an announcer, assistant music director, music director for a Kingston radio station, and national digital content creator. Something is most likely being left out!
Mark Carcasole who we jokingly referred to as the 'veteran' - is twelve years out the program and has spent his career in news - first radio at Newstalk 1010 - and then television with Global.
Tori Fixman is two years out of the program - and has already had two moves from her Toronto homestead - including an out of province experience. Tori is currently the Promotions Manager and swing announcer at Country 105 in Shelburne, Ontario.
All three found success stemming from an internship. On internships:
- Don't be picky - get your foot in the door and ask yourself - what does this station need?
- Don't compare yourself to your classmates - go at your own pace
- Be hopeful and don't burn bridges
- Introduce yourself, and make an impact
- Ask a lot of questions
On emotional well-being and work/life balance
- Find your tool; for Tori - it's lists, for Shem it's compiling information and bits as he goes, for Mark it's be 100% present on the job, and leave the job there
On advice to their young self
- Don't get discouraged - get motivated
- Prepare for roadblocks
- Be confident - but not cocky
- Don't worry - it will work out and what is meant to be - will be
Great advice from three Radio Humber Graduates who make us proud! Follow them on twitter:
Notes and photos by Sheila Walsh