Starting out in the media business is tough, but it’s even tougher to build a career. I started out at the CBC as a temporary employee almost seven years ago, and now, am on staff with a fulfilling job. Helping our members achieve the same is the main reason I joined the union as the national director for New Members.
But what does it mean to have a career? To me, a successful media career includes job security, a network of colleagues, and the opportunity to take creative risks now and then – and hopefully, all these things lead to accomplishing great things in your field of expertise.
I organized last night’s inaugural “MediaMIXER” in Toronto; a chance for new, casual and contract employees from across our various branches to mix and mingle with experienced staffers.
I was overwhelmed by our members’ response to the pilot project, especially since, beforehand, I was fretting, hoping for a turnout of at least 50 members.
Be careful what you wish for: nearly 200 showed up!