There are plenty of opportunities and pathways to success at Macquarie. For example, graduate Dayvis Heyne has recently secured a coveted ABC Media Cadetship. Competing with 1220 applicants for just 12 places, Dayvis impressed the panel with his fantastic attitude and work examples.
In 2015, when the young indigenous Dayvis began his Bachelor of Arts Media degree at Macquarie University, he also applied for and won a SBS and NITV Media Mentorship. Right from the start, Dayvis made the most of the opportunities the mentorship program provided. He attended all the workshops and networking events, he worked on cultural festivals, such as the Alice Desert Festival and Garma, and he had his time-lapse footage ‘Sign of the Times’ appear as a video installation at aMBUSH Gallery.
Dayvis was mentored at NITV by producer Ben Smith who helped him develop skills in creating graphics for programs such as Koori Knockout and Over the Black Dot.
“My work with NITV was a first look at the way television works,” says Dayvis. “It allowed me to learn and gain experience – this is definitely the industry that I want to be in.”
Dayvis went on to secure casual work creating graphics and operating a studio camera for Over the Black Dot.
The ABC Media Cadetship is a 12-month full-time position that offers Dayvis work placements within the ABC, comprehensive training, a mentoring program, the opportunity to work on his own production project and the potential for a rewarding and varied career with the ABC.
“The SBS and NITV Media Mentorship definitely helped me secure the Cadetship,” says Dayvis. “It gave me the opportunity to gain real experience throughout my degree and to acquire the skills I will need throughout my career in the media.”
A longstanding initiative of the Office of the PVC Learning and Teaching, the SBS Media Mentorship program is now part of Macquarie University’s PACE program. If you would like to find out about other opportunities, look up the current PACE listings.