There’s a lot of skills and knowledge to gain, and they’ll prepare you for future employment. Manage your time effectively – there’s a lot of work to complete and it’s very important to keep on top of it all. It’s hard work, but the long-term benefits make it worth it.”
The main advantage of postgraduate study is career advancement. You’re developing specialised knowledge that will prepare you for senior positions. There’s also the potential for increased earnings and networking, with a range of seminars from industry professionals and guest speakers.
My first degree, Film and Television Production, catered more specifically for film and television practice. I looked for Masters options because, for the benefit of my own career, it was important to broaden my theoretical knowledge of the industry. Having taken my first degree at Edge Hill University, I was eligible for a reduced tuition fee rate.
The course is very flexible and allows you to tailor research projects. I’m passionate about the music industry, and wrote my dissertation on the influence of digitalisation on traditional music industry gatekeepers, such as record labels, radio stations and modern artists. You’re commonly assessed through essays, research portfolios, presentations and podcasts.
I’ve had several part-time jobs, such as freelance camera operation work for local production companies. Working for the University, though, was a perfect part-time job for me. It allowed me to choose my own hours, so work and study didn’t clash. I worked for the University admissions team, and also conducted campus tours for new applicants.
I’ve been lucky enough to land full-time work as a videographer and editor for Craig Phillips, the first ever winner of Big Brother in 2000. Working across Craig’s two companies, Mr & Mrs DIY and Built 4 Entertainment, my job primarily consists of creating content for product placements, endorsements, and social media platforms, and producing videos for clients.
If you’re thinking about a Masters, just go for it. There’s a lot of skills and knowledge to gain, and they’ll prepare you for future employment. Manage your time effectively – there’s a lot of work to complete and it’s very important to keep on top of it all. It’s hard work, but the long-term benefits make it worth it.