“I am currently trying my hand at running several music events, and I also DJ weekly and produce my own music. In the long run, I would like to be an electronic music producer, but such dreams don’t always come true, which is why I am studying to be an audio engineer. If my path ends up leading to a blend of all the above, so be it.”

Starting out with a Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music Production, Tom has just achieved a Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production and is now working towards his Diploma in Audio Engineering at MAINZ. His future plan then involves moving on to working towards a degree in the same field.

With a busy schedule, Tom says that time management skills are one of the most important aspects of his day-to-day study, work, and extracurricular activities, so he has a small diary with daily tasks in order to make sure he gets everything done.  But all the juggling of responsibilities is worth it to get to where he wants to in his career.

“I just love music and they always say that if you do something you love, you never have to work another day in your life. It is true that there are hard yards to be put in, but I don’t mind because while it takes a lot of time and dedication, I’d rather work at something I enjoy.”

Always happy to see the glass half full, Tom says one of the only things he has struggled with was finding out that there isn’t always an instant job on completion of tertiary study, but he has chosen to see that as a driver to do his very best, rather than let it be an obstacle. Of course, there is always the reward that comes at the end of a hard working day or week.

“There is so much satisfaction that comes from something you’ve spent a lot of time on be completed and it looks and/or sounds really good.”

If an audio engineering career is music to your ears, Tom urges you to put in the hours and don’t waste the opportunity to learn as much as you can by using all the facilities and equipment you have at your disposal.


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