From the gown to pen and paper

After what seemed like an eternity for the Charles Sturt Class of 2020, graduation ceremonies are finally underway. It’s an opportunity for students to reflect on all of their achievements over their time at university. It’s also a time to see how far they have come, from dipping their toes into uni life to going out into the workforce in the industry they love.

One of those students is Harry Mulholland. Harry graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) & International Studies. I was lucky enough to have a quick catch up with this successful journalism graduate.

How did you feel finally getting to graduate after three years of hard work?

“It felt so amazing. I was so lucky to get a job fresh out of uni and it is going amazing. I am three months into the job and I am absolutely loving it. I am a junior journalist at Central Coast Newspapers based in Gosford, and I write lifestyle pieces, education pieces and health pieces.”

What does a typical day for you now look like?

“Well I roll out of bed, get in the car, drive to work, have a coffee and look at what I have coming up today. I work for a newspaper that runs weekly, so a lot of my day is chatting to people on the phone and writing up a story on them. I don’t really get to go out of the office much but when I do it is a bit of a treat.

“I basically spend my day chatting to very interesting people who have all got really cool things going on and really making differences in the world. It’s great, I love it and it’s really uplifting talking to people like that.”

What is one of your favourite articles you have written at Central Coast Newspapers?

“I spoke to an RSPCA worker who volunteers with dog walking and she had been doing this for an 80-year-old woman who can’t walk her own dog anymore. They have actually become friends through it. It was really sweet to hear about how they have formed this friendship through something so simple like walking a dog.”

Looking back, what are some of your favourite memories of studying?

“I loved my degree. I think the course is brilliant, so hands-on and really informative and it has set me up with the skills that I need to do my job now. I also loved making memories with all of the awesome people that I know now. It was just really enjoying those three years was the highlight of my time at Charles Sturt. I don’t think a lot of people can walk away and say that they really enjoyed their course and doing assignments, so I am really happy that I can say that and have those good memories.” 

What advice would you have for a new student starting their degree at Charles Sturt?

“I think just really hook in. Get involved with what you are doing and really just take every opportunity that comes your way and find your own opportunities. But remember to have fun as well and really enjoy what you do and find that passion.”