As part of my course studying BA (Hons) English and Media at Cardiff Met, we had plenty of opportunities to showcase a variety of talents. The course is varied and is perfectly tailored to you whether you’re interested in English Literature, Media or Journalism.
The course is split up well and students get the chance to pick their favoured modules too. This was great for me as I favoured the Journalism and Media modules.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist, ever since I was a child, I would buy newspapers every week, stay up to date with local affairs and read sports news from all over the world. The problem is, I never really knew how to make it into the industry. People always told me it was impossible, there weren’t many jobs and that I was wasting my time.
However, going to University was one of the best decisions I ever made. I suffered with a lot of anxiety previously but this improved a lot as I made friends in University. I met people with similar interests, hobbies and goals. It made me feel a lot more confident I was on the right path.
While I was at University, I had to complete a work placement module and this gave me my first insight into journalism. I ended up completing a week’s placement at WalesOnline and was able to gain valuable advice and information from experienced journalists.
After graduating, I ended up getting a job at WalesOnline and now I do the job I love day in day out. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I have done without my degree and experiences at Cardiff Met. Personally, I think this degree has helped me in my industry as I didn’t just learn journalism skills but also English literature skills which have definitely come in handy.
After working at WalesOnline for a year, I have covered all sorts of stories, including drug investigations, court cases and much more. My work was impacting communities all over the UK and I was lucky enough to be crowned Young Journalist of The Year for 2019.
If you had told me I’d be winning awards as a journalist a few years ago, I’d have never believed you. It just shows that with hard work and dedication to your craft, you can definitely be successful.
If I was to give anyone advice, I’d say just be yourself, be confident in your abilities and don’t let negativity get to you. People will always have something to say, prove them wrong. Also, networking with those in your industry is very important. Building your contacts and relationships is so important and will help you after you graduate!