After 30 years in the publishing industry, Martin undertook a Master of Communication to maximise his opportunity for further career advancement.
Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Manager, Lonely Planet
Master of Communication
Postgraduate study is perfectly suited to broadening your knowledge outside your field of experience. It’s easy to deepen your knowledge in a single area without formal study, but it’s much more difficult to broaden it.
I’ve been in publishing for over three decades and travelling has always been in my blood. Since 1999 I have worked at Lonely Planet in various roles including Editorial Manager, managing all staff producing travel guides and books. I love that I can bring positive change to the lives of countless people worldwide who wish to travel but may lack the knowledge or confidence to do so because of their disability.
In some ways I’m already in my dream job, but in the future I may look to work in a more mainstream area of disability, and I’m already on the Board of Directors of a peak NGO which may lead to other opportunities. I wanted to give myself flexibility to advance my career in the future, so I decided to do a postgraduate degree in communications to go with my English Literature degree.
I chose RMIT because of its good reputation and the fact that it offers a broad range of courses. I don’t think I can choose one highlight from my studies; what I’ve enjoyed most is the diversification of my knowledge and skills. I’ve learnt about and been exposed to different areas of communication, which have been invaluable despite my 30 years in the publishing industry.
The most satisfying course in my degree was Professional Practice, because it was entirely self-directed. The project I undertook – a book of resources called the Lonely Planet Accessible Travel Guide – ended up being used by Lonely Planet and was extremely successful. It was selected by the UN World Tourism Organization for inclusion in a best-practice brochure of case studies. So I’m already using the knowledge and skills I developed in my masters to advance my career.