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Sam Buckingham-Jones

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Communications is a career path that allows you to meet and speak to a huge variety of people. As a professional communicator you have the privilege of sharing the stories of those who may not be able to share their own.

My degree gave me the contacts, the know-how, and the mental stamina to withstand a difficult, and often-unrelenting job. It also pushed me past the limits of what I thought I would do. The lecturers are tough — deliberately so, and although it’s hard, it pays off.

At the moment, I work at 2GB Radio and The Australian newspaper. Over the course of my degree I’ve also had work experience at the ABC (702 Radio), The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend Sunrise, the Blue Mountains Gazette, Mumbrella, 2SER Radio, and I’ve been published in The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s corny and cliché, but seemingly unreachable goals are a great motivator.

From my degree, I have gained more than I can put into words. From the journalism part of my degree, I developed an understanding and confidence to ask questions of those in positions of power, an ability to grasp the basics of complex issues more quickly, and the skill to share information efficiently and effectively.

From the International side, I challenged myself with arguably the most difficult-to-understand dialect of Spanish whilst visiting some of the most breathtaking wilderness areas on earth. Chile is like ten countries in one.

I would say to anyone studying this degree, strive to set goals. Each year, list some places you’d like to get some experience at, and work to get an internship there. Without realizing it, these short-term goals build the foundation and skills for a fantastic long-term career.

"My degree gave me the contacts, the know-how, and the mental stamina to withstand a difficult, and often-unrelenting job."