12 June 2017
USC Business graduate Addie Fenech’s job as a production assistant for some of Queensland’s most popular television travel shows is so much fun, it does not feel like work.
The 20-year old Albany Creek resident secured a position at Channel Seven, Brisbane after graduating in April with a Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) from USC’s SouthBank campus.
“I’ve always had an interest in the media industry but it was not until I had finished my degree from USC that I was ready to take the leap and apply for a job, and I am so glad I did,” Ms Fenech said.
“It is a fun, fast-paced industry and I am loving my role which includes working closely with the three local programs produced from Channel Seven’s Brisbane office: Creek to Coast, Queensland Weekender and The Great Day Out.
“My favourite part is that there is no typical day. It can involve anything that assists the production teams, from booking flights for the crew and preparing voice-over tapes to collating viewer ratings and buying lightbulbs for studio lighting.”
After graduating from St Rita’s College, Clayfield in 2013, Ms Fenech completed a Diploma of Tourism and Travel Management at the SouthBank Institute of Technology and received credit towards the Business degree at USC SouthBank.
“Studying a such a variety of subjects at USC helped me to gain the knowledge and confidence I needed to prepare for my current job at Channel Seven,” she said.
“The event management and tourism side of my degree has given me an insight into current industry trends, which assists in my role as production assistant.”
Work experience at a five-star resort at Noosa during high school sparked Ms Fenech’s interest in tourism and travel, and she worked for a major hotel chain in Brisbane during her studies at USC SouthBank.
“The degree was very flexible and the inner-city campus in the middle of South Bank was so convenient that the three years of study flew by,” she said.
Applications are now open for mid-year entry to study at USC, starting Semester 2 on 24 July. Details on how to apply for more than 90 undergraduate and postgraduate programs can be found on the USC website.
— Clare McKay