TAFE NSW graduate Alice Moldovan has nabbed a job working for the ABC producing the flagship audio program Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski, Australia's most downloaded Australian podcast from 2015-2020.
According to PwC, the Australian podcast market is growing steadily, with the number of monthly listeners (defined as people aged 12+ who listened to at least one podcast in the last month) reaching 25 per cent of the Australian population in 2020, up from 17 per cent in 2017.
Ms Moldovan had gained an arts degree at Sydney University, majoring in Modern Hebrew and Gender Studies, but decided she wanted to learn some practical skills to take her career to the next level.
“I was interested in gaining some more hands on skills, and I was curious about audio producing and radio, and what an interesting career I might be able to pursue in the industry,” Ms Moldovan said.
Alice enrolled in the Certificate III in Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) at TAFE NSW Petersham, which afforded her the flexibility of being able to balance both work and study.
“It was really hands on,” said Ms Moldovan of the course.
“I remember using audio editing program Adobe Audition only a few days into the course, which I’d never done before, and being thrown into the deep end like that was exciting, and gave me an opportunity to improve quickly.”
“Being able to study at night meant I could work during the day, and three nights a week of studies at TAFE NSW cemented my hunch that I wanted to work in audio.”
Head Teacher of Screen and Media at TAFE NSW Cat Colman said the Certificate III in Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) tackles interviewing, announcing, and operating a radio panel.
“Through the course, students gain a range of practical and technical audio production that can be utilised in radio and podcasting studios, newsrooms, post-production houses, and as freelance presenters or producers,” Ms Colman said.
“Audio podcasting and storytelling is a real growth area and TAFE NSW provides courses that specifically target skills needed for this growing industry.”
After working across a number of ABC programs and realising her dream of working at the ABC in radio studios from Alice Springs to Lismore, Ms Moldovan is thrilled to now be producing ABC Conversations.
“Studying for a Certificate III qualification means you have the opportunity to try something out and get a feel for what’s involved in a new career, as well as the practical skills you need to go further.
“It’s not the same sort of time or monetary commitment as enrolling in a university degree. You have the freedom to use the skills you’ll learn in whichever direction you take them.” Ms Moldovan said.
To find out more about the range of study options available at TAFE NSW including the Certificate III in Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting), visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Alice Dalley, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile 0402 528 210.