A love of writing has opened up a world of opportunity for Bachelor of Communications graduand Michael O’Brien.

The third-year Griffith University student obtained a full-time position with the Department of Public Works as a project officer before he even graduated.

Not bad for a student who didn’t know what he wanted to do when he began university, and who spent 18 months studying science before switching to a communications program.

“I wasn’t sure where my real interests lay, but I soon discovered that journalism and public relations were my forte,” he said.

As the editor of the department’s internal magazine Blue Print Michael researches, writes, and sources articles and photographs for the monthly publication.

“I knew I wanted to get into writing but wasn’t sure where or how, so when my lecturer mentioned there was a position vacant I thought I’d give it shot,” he said.

During his degree Michael volunteered for work experience whenever he could, most recently assisting with Griffith Sports College’s elite athlete media training program.

“Work experience is definitely one of the best ways to get into the career you want,” he said.

“I was elated to see that the athletes really took on board our advice and hopefully they will be able to integrate their new knowledge into the sporting world.

“If you’re not sure about your options, then getting out there and meeting people, volunteering for positions that may be outside your comfort zone, that’s how doors open.”

Michael will graduate with more than 1300 graduands at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre on July 20.