by Nicole Kelly, public relations intern
Students and lecturers from Sheffield Hallam University welcomed back 25 journalism and media graduates last week to hear their secrets of how they got a start in the industry.
The graduates, who are now working in a range of careers including TV, radio, print, magazines, PR, social media and communications, took time out of their work schedules to come back and share their experiences about how to land that dream first job.
The professionals gave talks about preparing for interviews, how to write an eye-catching CV, and dealing with rejection, to a crowd of second and third-year journalism students, who will soon be making their first steps in the industry.
BA journalism graduate Ian Barber now works as a production journalist at Granada TV. He said: “The work placements I did were so important in giving me the experience I needed to get my job. Getting a job is tough in this climate – be prepared to face some knockbacks but keep at it.”
Eleanor Ingleby, in her third year studying journalism at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Today has been so inspiring, everyone has given some really valuable tips for getting ahead. It’s been reassuring to know that all these people have managed to get jobs at the other end.”
After the talks students and graduates were given the chance to mingle and Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences Roger Eccleston thanked the alumni for giving up their time.
He said: “This is a daunting time for all students, but thank you to our alumni for coming back to share their experiences and to prove there is life and hope beyond graduation.”
Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism Philo Holland organised the event. He said: “Getting graduates to come back and talk about how they got their jobs to undergraduates is such a simple idea – but it’s so successful.
“Students find it reassuring and inspiring to see that, despite the gloomy talk, there are so many jobs which their degree can help them get. Perhaps not necessarily in traditional journalism roles, but in social media, PR, marketing, website management, and teaching for example.
“It’s wonderful that our graduates are so happy to help the next generation, that they’re prepared to take a day off work to come back to pass on their pearls of wisdom. ”
For press information: Nicole Kelly in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org