Adam Kidd graduated from Macleay in 2012 and landed a job straight away with the NSW Rugby League, handling their media and communications. We chatted to Adam about the best part of sports media and how Macleay helped him on his way.
What do you enjoy most about working for the NSW Rugby League?
It’s an extremely versatile role and working in sports media is a 24/7 job. On a daily basis I use the skills I’ve learnt in writing, interviewing, photography and video editing, while being able to attend live sporting fixtures, press conferences and work with other media organisations such as ABC Radio and Fox Sports.
What skills, knowledge and experiences do you think helped you in obtaining this role?
If you are planning to work in sports, the first thing is obviously being familiar with the sport. I have always been a rugby league fan, so with the skills I learnt at Macleay it was easy to apply them to something I was familiar with. The main thing is persistence – I know it sounds lame, but it’s really competitive out there and you have to knock on a few doors until you get in.
Do you think the Macleay course helped in preparing you for your current role?
Definitely. I had no previous experience in my current role before Macleay. It is a well-recognised one year course – I wouldn’t have lasted four years at Uni! It’s a little surreal that in just one year you can be working in a field that was just a thought only a short time before.
What advice would you give to current Macleay students who would like to follow in your footsteps?
It’s not school. You’re not going to be spoon-fed everything you need to know in order to land the job you want. Be persistent, knock on all the doors and ask questions. In saying that, don’t follow dead ends. If the shoes don’t fit, take them off and go elsewhere.
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