HeyU Issue 5 - 2 May 2014 - Page 5

Meet Mark Willacy S tarting out as an engineering student, Mark discovered his passion lay with writing and changed his degree to journalism. Although it was a different beginning to his university career, Mark says ‘if you don’t enjoy the course you’re doing, or the vocation you’ve chosen, find something you will enjoy. Nothing beats doing something you love, because your passion will drive your ambition and your ambition will fuel your career.’ USQ was a logical choice for Mark, having grown up on the Darling Downs and completing his schooling in Toowoomba. He started studying journalism in 1993 and hasn’t looked back. Since graduating, journalism has taken him all over Australia and the world from Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, the Middle East and Asia. He’s worked as a political correspondent at Parliament House in Canberra, covered wars in Iraq, elections in Iran, revolutions in Egypt and tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns in Japan. Mark’s advice for beginning professional journalists 1 Always apply your journalistic standards to everything you read, particularly on social media. 2 Pass each subject and work towards a job in journalism. Talk to your tutors and lecturers not only about learning the ropes of your cho sen career, but also how to get your foot in the door when it comes to finding work. 3 Get some work experience and show off your abilities. Above all, don’t give up! HeyU