Broadcast Media top up 2009
We caught up with Louise in December 2011.
What course did you study, and when did you graduate?
I studied Broadcast Media at Canterbury College for 2 years and then completed my top up at Brighton University, Hastings campus. I graduated in 2009.
Where have you been working since graduating?
I worked for the NHS for a year and half as my heart was set on going travelling and I was earning a good income. I paid off most of my university debt and was able to save so that I could travel around South East Asia for 4 months. Once returning from travelling I wanted to pursue my chosen career. I did some work experience for Renegade Pictures on a make over TV show called ‘Bigger Than’. After working with the team for about a week they were able to offer me paid work as a runner. Since then I have worked on another Renegade show called ‘Driving Me Crazy’, a Fever Media show called ‘Dealers’, a LOVE productions show ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and have a job in the new year for a Talkback Thames show called ‘Four Rooms’.
Can you describe whether your ambitions changed as a result of studying here, and how?
Studying at Brighton definitely increased my ambition to want to work in my chosen industry and I knew that one day I would definitely pursue that. I had to make the very difficult decision whether to work somewhere that I didn’t really want to and be able to pay for myself to travel or go into the industry and know that I wouldn’t be able to travel for a while.
Do you feel that you have approached your career/future differently as a result of studying here?
Whilst studying I was encouraged to get as much work experience that I could because in the ‘real world’ of the media, experience is key, although I was never discouraged when explaining my desire to travel before I pursued my career. I was told that I would receive as much help as could possibly be given to me whatever path I chose. Therefore I approached my decision confidently knowing that I would still be able to get help and advice from the University even after I had left.
Were there any staff who particularly inspire you, and why?
All staff at the university were inspiring as all had great experience and knowledge that they were happy to share with us. Since leaving I have been in contact with Jo MacDonnell who has helped me hugely by passing on job opportunities to me and passing my CV to her contacts which led to different jobs, interviews and helped me to start building my own contacts.
Do you feel that either the studying itself or the eventual degree from the University of Brighton in Hastings may change your life, and why?
It's already has changed my life, I've travelled for 4 months after being encouraged to do so, and I'm now doing what I have always wanted to do and am very happy, the future is looking bright!