I’ve definitely become more open-minded and confident in my own ideas. Have fun with the course, be creative, take it seriously.
Before Edge Hill, some thought that getting a job in the media was unrealistic. Coming here, and meeting people who are in the industry, has made that seem achievable for me. There are so many opportunities here if you want to take them.
The lecturers have so much professional experience. What you’re aiming to do, they’ve already done. They really try to use their experience and contacts to help you get into the industry.
I did a week’s work at Sky. A staff-member told me about some work experience. I applied and ended up as part of their Women in Tech project. I learnt a lot about the technical side of how programmes get to your screen. Although it wasn’t production as such, it was a brilliant opportunity to look at a side of the media I hadn’t thought about before. I wouldn’t have had that insight without the staff at Edge Hill.
I can see myself working in the industry now. It isn’t just about the course. Actively searching for placements and work opportunities is vital. Course tutors and visitors from industry drill this into you.
I’ve really enjoyed the practical modules. You can try out different roles, from the admin side to writing and camerawork, which show how you’ll be working in the industry.
We get to meet a lot of industry professionals. The department organises an annual event where people from film and TV come in to give talks and lectures. We get to chat with them and build up our contacts. I’ve also been to York Film Festival, which was great for seeing how people get into the industry and a chance to learn from their experiences.
I’ve definitely become more open-minded and confident in my own ideas. At school, the teachers watch over you and you learn in a particular way. Here, you get left to your own devices more, but the support is there if you need it, which is a great way to learn.
My advice? Have fun with the course, be creative, take it seriously. At Edge Hill I’ve enjoyed the independence of being at university, both in terms of living on my own and as a student.