From music to journalism: Scholarship recipient carves out a promising career

Posted: Mon, 13th February 2017 | Written by: The Team at Western Chances

Nathan Fioritti grew up in Rockbank in the City of Melton, an area he describes as 'where the rural and urban distinction begins to blur'.

From music to journalism: Scholarship recipient carves out a promising career

Nathan Fioritti grew up in Rockbank in the City of Melton, an area he describes as 'where the rural and urban distinction begins to blur'.

"I received my first Western Chances scholarship in 2008. I was in Year 9 at the time and had recently taken up drum lessons. I was passionate about music. The scholarship meant I could buy a drum kit to practice on. I was able to fully participate in the school’s music program, was in the concert band, played many of school concerts, and completed VCE Group Music. I intended to pursue a career in music but was also aware of equal interests in writing and the media. After careful consideration I decided to pursue the others as a career path while continuing to learn and play music, so in Year 12 I made getting into the Bachelor of Arts course at The University of Melbourne my goal. This meant I could take some music breadth subjects while majoring in Creative Writing and Media and Communications. The plan was to combine the two for a career in journalism."

Nathan received eight Western Chances scholarships in total and is now a member of the Alumni Community Program.

While at university Nathan had many articles, including his own column, published in Farrago and participated in the Youth Parliament Press Gallery Program. He describes this as ‘a great opportunity…….I got to meet a lot of journos and spend a week as a political reporter at Parliament House in Victoria writing a series of articles on what our state’s young people are passionate about.’

Nathan achieved high academic grades throughout his degree and was invited by the University to undertake honours. He completed his studies and graduated with Honours in 2016.

Nathan recognises that journalism is a difficult career to break into but he remains optimistic. In the meantime he is utilising his writing skills in a full time position at The University of Melbourne, a job he was connected to through his association with Western Chances.

He works in the Engagement Unit at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

'I mostly work on engagement-related news stories for the Faculty website and University publications, which deal with internal and external relationships and the University's involvement within the wider community, as well as create and update web content.'

So – does he still play music?

'I do, but not as much as I would like to. I meet up with a high school friend and jam at least once a month just to keep up my playing. While I was studying, I played drums and some guitar in a few bands.'

With so many potential pathways laid before him, Nathan has given some thought to his big dreams for the future.

'I want to serve and improve the community through my work. I always thought I would do this through journalism but my work at the University has shown me other ways I can do this.'

Like many other scholarship recipients, Nathan also has dreams beyond his own future.

'I would like to see greater empathy and equality within our society—all that is required to achieve this is for everyone to be aware of and understand others and the impact we, both individually and collectively, have on everything around us.'

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