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Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Chunky Wombat Media

Chunky Wombat Media are a small team who’ve all graduated from the University of Cumbria in the last three years. We launched our studio last October and are getting busier and busier every week.

Find out all about Chunky Wombat and the services they offer here: www.chunkywombatmedia.co.uk 

One element missing at the moment is a more dedicated web developer to partner up with our resident designer. To help find someone, we’ve put together a job listing on our website here: www.chunkywombatmedia.co.uk/careers/

 

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#UoCMedia Industry Day: Why Work Experience is Important and How to Get It

 

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There are many ways to gain relevant work experience in the media industry and they don’t all involve traveling to London!

I recently represented the University of Cumbria at a BBC Digital and Creative Careers Day at Media City in Salford. One of the biggest things I took from the day is the need for graduates applying for training schemes, jobs and freelance work to have relevant work experience.

 

How much experience should I have?

As a current student or recent graduate you are not expected to have years of experience in the sector you want to work in. Instead, you need to demonstrate that you are committed and interested in working in your intended field. You can do this by attending relevant work experience, reflecting on what you have learned and asking for a letter of recommendation from the employers you work for.

Work experience opportunities can range for a day’s shadowing, a week or two, a few months or a longer-term internship. With such a wide variety of opportunities available it is important to focus on the quality and relevance of a work experience placement rather than the amount of placements you do.

 

How to get relevant work experience:

  • Send a CV and covering letter to companies and ask for shadowing/work experience
  • Make your own content
  • Volunteer for university or community radio and TV
  • Apply for advertised work experience

 

It’s all about the money…

Some work experience opportunities will be paid, others may not be. If you are planning to take part in unpaid work experience I suggest deciding (before you apply) under what circumstances you will work for free and for how long.

Think about: what benefits you will receive, what skills and experiences you will gain, if you have done the same thing or something similar already, how much it will cost you, when you are available, if you can get funding and how it will benefit your career.

When thinking about if you should take part in an unpaid placement consider:

  • Are you being asked to do work that you would usually be paid for?
  • When you are on placement are you doing the same work as paid staff members and are you being given responsibility for work?
  • Are you being asked to take on an unpaid placement for more than 6 weeks?

If the answer to any of the above is yes the placement offered should be a paid one.

Note – we know it can sometimes be difficult to judge whether a work experience placement should be paid or not. If you are unsure you can e-mail careers@cumbria.ac.uk for advice.

 

I have included a list of work experience opportunities below and some information on the upcoming Media Industry Day on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

 

Good Luck!

Kathryn Jones

Careers and Employability Coordinator

University of Cumbria

Careers and Employability Service

 

 

#UoCMedia Industry Day

Wednesday 13 April 2016 – 9am to 4.15pm – Brampton Road Campus (registration at main reception)

Find more information here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/media-industry-day-tickets-23238632375?platform=hootsuite

Registration has now closed but UoC students are welcome to just come along on the day.

 

 

Media Careers – Work Experience Opportunities:

 

BBC Work Experience

There are four application windows every year and each one will last two weeks.

Various Locations

www.bbc.co.uk/careers

 

ITV Insight

There are four windows of opportunity to apply each year, with the Insight Programme open in January, April, July and October.

Various locations

www.itvjobs.com

 

Discover Wildlife Magazine

BBC Wildlife welcomes work experience students for a period of one week throughout the year.

www.discoverwildlife.com/work-experience

 

C4 Pop Up Events

C4 Pop Up is a day of industry talks, creative workshops and down to earth careers advice and support from Channel 4. Dates for the London, Belfast and Cardiff events are already up with more to follow.

http://4talent.channel4.com/4talent-days

 

Event Volunteer Quays Festival 2016

Quays Culture – North West England

Deadline – 30 June 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Volunteer Venue Assistants and Festival Runners

Bradford Literature Festival – Yorkshire

Deadline – 6 May 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Event Steward

Wild Rumpus – Staffordshire

Deadline – 18 April 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Treasurer

Lake District Summer Music – Cumbria

Deadline 25 May 2016

www.artsjobs.org.uk

 

Volunteer media opportunities at the Animal Refuge and Carlisle Youth Zone

Cumbria

Contact Max Evans-Kirkman – mekmedia@outlook.com

 

Mullholland Media

Cumbria

Contact David Mulholland (Company Director) for potential work experience opportunities

david@mulhollandmedia.co.uk

07770 676766 / 07879 444443

www.mulhollandmedia.co.uk

www.monsteraerial.com

 

Cloudscape Studios

Cumbria

Contact Lou Kneath Gibson (Company Director) to find out more

lou@cloudscapestudios.com

07521 295534

www.cloudscapestudios.com

 

 

Useful Contacts

 

Careers and Employability Service

Contact us for CV, application and personal statement feedback, careers appointments, career planning, help finding placements and graduate jobs.

www.cumbria.ac.uk/careers

careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Student Enterprise

If you are thinking about starting your own business, whether it’s for profit or not, we can help and support you all the way.

01228 888734

Sylvia.grainger@cumbria.ac.uk

www.cumbria.ac.uk/studententerprise

 

Alumni Guest Blog: Praise for UoC Careers!

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Alumni Daniel Grey

Teaching is something that I have always had an interest in from an early age, being able to aid development of young pupils cognitively and physically is something which I feel passionate about. Studying Physical Education at GCSE, A-Level and then at degree level was something which reaffirmed my desire to continue down the path within this profession. Upon completing my degree I had no hesitation as to signing up to complete a 2 year part-time PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), a course which continued to develop me further as a teaching practitioner.

Upon completing my studies, I had found securing a full time permanent position very difficult. I signed up for and completed my Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills (QTLS) to aid my chances of securing such a role.

However, I am under no illusion as to the main source of support I received which directly influenced me in securing a full time temporary position with a view to being made permanent. Andy Keir from the Careers Team went above and beyond to help me showcase my skills effectively. Scheduled telephone appointments and emails enabled me to create a tailored Curriculum Vitae and Personal Statement which I felt confident submitting in application of advertised jobs. I instantly began to receive interviews due to the improvement of my new personal documents, which finally lead to me being offered the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) in and Emotional and Behavioural Development (EBD) School.

I can’t thank Andy and the Careers Team enough for the time and effort they spent tailoring my CV and Personal Statement, that coupled with their friendly patient nature was the singlehanded reason I am currently within my first full time teaching role, doing a job that I love.

Content written by Alumni: Daniel Grey, graduated 2011

Five tips to find work when it’s just not happening

CBIC Showcase

L-R: Sylvia Grainger, Student Enterprise Coordinator; Yasmin Phair – student; Amie Godward – Graduate Intern; Naomi Oosman-Watts, Employability Manager

 

Hello! My name is Amie Godward and I’m currently a Graduate Intern (Social Enterprise/ UnLtd SEE Change Programme) at the University of Cumbria. I studied Drama at the Lancaster campus and graduated in July 2013. I was elected to be the Student Life Sabbatical at the Students’ Union where I worked for one year. This was a paid position and in this role I represented student views on health, wellbeing, student groups, housing, finance within the union, the university, in the community and nationally. I also ran projects and events, developed and ran training sessions, assisted volunteers, minuted meetings, wrote and presented reports, and was a member of the board of trustees for the students’ union.

After being unsuccessful in my re-election campaign, I began looking for work, naively thinking my experience as a sabbatical would land me a job immediately. It actually took me just over 7 months from finding out I wouldn’t be continuing at the students’ union to find a job.

At first I was only looking for jobs in students’ unions. I had a few positive interviews where I just missed getting it, or was the second choice, even travelling for over 13 hours for an interview in Norwich, to be told they would have hired me if their first choice had turned down the offer.

After finishing at the SU in June, I moved into my partner’s parents’ house in North West Cumbria.  I began to run out of money pretty fast, and so the idea of moving to a different location became impossible. This narrowed the work I could look for, as I was only searching in Cumbria and around my home town in West Yorkshire. I was predominantly looking at working in the charity sector, and I seemed to be applying for loads of jobs all the time. It got to the point where I had to register as unemployed and claim Jobseekers Allowance, which meant I now had strict criteria for my job searching, and certain ‘targets’ to reach on a weekly basis.

Again, in my complete ignorance, I presumed being on JSA would mean I’d find a job straight away as I was now applying for everything and anything, but I was wrong, and I was searching and applying for 35 hours a week for 3 months before I found my current job.

Don’t let that panic you though! I was far from the perfect job searcher. Although towards the end I had learnt some pretty important things about looking for work.

  1. Always have a plan. I had no real idea what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to do it, which made it nearly impossible to job search. Speak to the careers service, they’re there to help you. Speak to your friends, find out what they are doing. It’s fine to not know what you want to do straight away, but if you can have some idea of area, whether that’s geographical or career wise, then it’ll definitely help.
  2. Tailor your CVs. This is on every single CV guidance website and job searching site but it’s absolutely true. Having a few different CVs depending on what job you’re applying for is great. You might be applying for one job where they’re looking for someone with event planning skills, and you might have never done that in your last job at Tesco, but when you volunteered for that local music festival, you gained loads of event planning expertise.
  3. Prepare your answers. A great piece of advice I got from an old boss was to think of the questions you would ask if you were on the interview panel. You can look online and find examples of general questions, but really think about the role, look at the person specific, what are they going to need information about? What things do you want to tell the interviewer? You don’t need to memorise your answers word for word, but there are general things that will come up time and time again. Be confident in your answers too, have someone ask you them and practice how you will say them out loud.
  4. Consider your weaknesses. Another tip from my old boss (a very wise man) was to recognise what the interviewer might see as a weakness, and turn it into a positive. For example, the main negative for graduates might be lack of experience, but flip that on its head; you’ve gained an enormous amount of skills at university, you aren’t going to need to completely readjust or learn different processes, you are eager to learn and work hard, the employer has the opportunity to work with a ‘blank canvas’ so to speak. I didn’t see the question come up that often, but the first time I was totally stumped, the second time I was prepared.
  5. Write ‘stock’ statements. I wrote and re-wrote so many similar statements in applications towards the beginning of my job search, then I realised I was just repeating myself. I saved statements in sections depending on the kind of job I was applying for, and just edited them according to the person spec and job description. It saved me tonnes of time and made the whole process less daunting knowing I didn’t have to re-write statements every time. For example, for jobs working with student groups, I saved a paragraph where I talked specifically about the projects I worked on with student groups, and an introduction that focussed on that area of work. For jobs that focussed on volunteer coordinating, I saved a paragraph about working with volunteers in the SU, and a paragraph as my time as a volunteer. This is particularly helpful if you’re applying for lots of similar jobs. Remember though; don’t just copy and paste, make it personal to the job!

Thanks for your great article Amie! If any current students or alumni would like to volunteer a post for the blog, please email careers@cumbria.ac.uk

 

Ones to watch: Kelly Wragg

Here’s the fourth (and final – for now) part of our new ‘Ones to Watch’ series, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria’s Alumni team. We think all University of Cumbria graduates are amazing, and are proud of each and every one of you. Occasionally we get to hear about certain individuals who are already making a huge impact, despite only graduating recently. Those who have really applied themselves whilst still a student; taken advantage of every opportunity and worked exceptionally hard to get where they want to be. 

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Kelly Wragg

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

I first became aware of Kelly when I heard about an exciting new shop opening a few miles outside Carlisle in the market town of Brampton. I then read a story about the shop in the local paper and it mentioned that the owner, Kelly, was a recent graduate of our university! I was SO excited to visit the shop and it did not disappoint. Wish Strings .Co is the most beautiful shop I have ever seen! I cannot believe that Kelly is so young and has only just completed her degree, what an achievement. 

I am a huge fan of Kelly’s signature bracelets Wish Strings (I currently sport four of them on my wrist!) and the fact that she is an alumnus all the better as I get to interview the lady herself and share her amazing and inspirational journey so far with fellow alumni and students.

– Joanne Lusher, Alumni Office

Course: BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Campus: Brampton Road

Hometown: I am originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Prior to attending the UoC, I attended the stage school Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Wakefield.

Current job: Owner and proprietor of WishStrings .Co, an online and high street store selling jewellery, vintage delights and WishString wish bracelets.

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

When I attended my audition at the University of Cumbria I was overwhelmed with how welcome they made me feel! Compared to auditions at other institutes, the UoC audition was warm and welcoming.

Why did you choose your particular course?

The course offered many possible career options and the ability to acquire a wide range of skills. The course allowed room for creative freedom and personal growth. This is one of the reasons WishStrings was born!

What did you like most about your course?

I enjoyed the help and support from the tutors. I found that throughout my time at university, as I began to grow and learn the tutors were always on hand to help and guide me in the right direction. The support from the Performing Arts team is overwhelming!

What was your favourite experience at university?

One particular of my many ‘favourite experiences’ at the UoC has to be the second year of my degree, the opportunity to work with professional directors and choreographers on fantastic full scale shows is an opportunity I shall never forget!

Do you have any particular memorable/funny stories to share?

I have too many memories from my time at the UoC! I have made lifelong friends and shared experiences with them that will last me a life time. Also many of the stories I feel are not suitable for this publication… students will be students… ‘club concrete’ I need say no more!

How did coming to university change your life?

The UoC has changed my life around completely! If you had said to me on my first day of uni I would leave a business woman, with my own shop, rental properties and have taken my first step on the property ladder, I would have probably told you to ‘dream on’.

The UoC provided me with a safe environment, in which I grew and developed myself as a person and in confidence. Whilst much of the business grew outside of university, I did carry many of the skills I learnt through my course over into my business!

University is the experience you make it! Everyone takes different things away from the experience. I used my course and the skills it taught me, in a different way to what many of my peers will. But I do not regret for one moment not choosing a business course as I believe the Performing Arts course offered me the creativity, skills and personality which I wholeheartedly put into my business.

Other than your degree what do you think you learnt and got out of your university experience?

Much valued life experience, amazing friendship and memories that will last a lifetime!

What were your career ambitions when you started studying and do you think that you have achieved them?

When I first started university, I was all set for a career in the Performing Arts industry, maybe a teacher? But as I grew and developed throughout the course and my different modules, the creativity gained lead me to creating WishStrings, and my business was born!

Would you be where you are today, without your degree?

No! Most definitely not! My degree and the experiences it has offered me has given me the confidence to be where I am today! Many people don’t think my degree has anything to do with my business, but when you look beneath the surface you can see the foundations are made up from elements of my degree.

For example – window dressing, comes from the techniques learned in set design and construction. Hands-on making of cushions and other textile items – developed from the skills I acquired in costume. Marketing – came from the skills I gained from marketing shows and other events we held at the UoC. Time management – is needed to ensure the survival on any degree course. Performing – everyday in my shop I see as a performance, I have to leave all my personal problems at the door and put my customers first for the day, no matter how ill or rubbish I feel!

What are your current career ambitions now and in the long-term?

WishStrings is growing day by day. I have huge ambitions for the future, maybe a chain of stores? A brand stocked by leading retailers? A wholesale company? I feel my opportunities for development are endless and I am extremely excited about what my future holds!

What are you most proud of?

Everything I have achieved coming out of the UoC. Owning my own business and property!

How did you stay motivated to pursue your dream when studying hard and enjoying the university lifestyle?

The balance between studying, personal life and having fun is one HUGE juggling act! Thankfully I had an amazing support structure through the UoC and my friends. I had a roller-coaster three years, including my father suffering a life threatening brain hemorrhage and my great grandfather passing away all within the same months during my second year of university! This time proved extremely difficult, but thanks to the AMAZING support of my tutors and my friends I pulled through with no major disruption to my degree!

What advice would you give to todays freshers and prospective students about making the most of their time at university?

Work hard and ENJOY what the UoC has to offer! Make the most of every moment as you never know what may lead to future opportunities! Even the times that feel unnecessary are important so make every second count, push yourself beyond your limits and reach for your dreams! If I had followed the flow I wouldn’t be where I am today!

WishStrings .Co is an online and High Street store selling jewellery, gifts, vintage delights and our WishString wish bracelets. WishStrings was originally founded by myself in 2012, as part of a new year resolution! Since then WishStrings .Co has grown with the loving help of family, friends and of course my loyal fans! WishStrings began life as a hobby attending craft fairs etc and then grew beyond my wildest imagination! Expanding into a full online store and now a high street store!

Find WishStrings .Co on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Wishstring

Ones to Watch: Helen Statham

I bet you’ve been looking forward to part three of our new ‘Ones to Watch’ series all week, haven’t you? This is a (relatively new) series in conjunction with the University of Cumbria’s Alumni team. We think all University of Cumbria graduates are amazing, and are proud of each and every one of you. Occasionally we get to hear about certain individuals who are already making a huge impact, despite only graduating recently. Those who have really applied themselves whilst still a student; taken advantage of every opportunity and worked exceptionally hard to get where they want to be. 

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Helen Statham

BA (Hons) Events Management

Helen’s name constantly comes up in conversation regarding our fantastic students! Tutors have nothing but praise for her; she’s an exceptionally hard worker, very motivated and determined. Helen squeezed every opportunity possible out of her student experience and achieved excellent results in all her assignments leading to a first class degree and her dream job offer straight out of uni.

We are all so proud of Helen and rate her knowledge and experience so highly that we asked her to be part of our ‘expert’ panel in a recent creative alumni/network event alongside industry insiders who have been in the business for years! Helen is highly deserving of a place on our ‘ones to watch’ and we have no doubt that she will go very far! Here’s Helen in her own words…

 

Course: FdA Performance, Festivals and Events and BA (Hons) Event Management top-up

Campus: Brampton Road

Graduation year: 2014

Hometown: Northumberland, orginally, but I’ve lived in Carlisle for ages

Current job: Online project co-ordinator. I run the website Cumbria Live (Cumberland newspaper), writing stories, running the social media, interviewing musicians, artists and comedians heading to the region.

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

I already live in Carlisle so it meant I would save on things like travel and accommodation. I couldn’t afford to go back to uni in a different city, so studying close to home gave me options of working and earning money around my timetable.

Why did you choose your particular course?

I’d got as far as I could in my previous job and wanted to study for a degree so it would help me in a change of career. My husband owns his own company which has strong connections to the events industry. The more I read about events, the more I realised it was a hugely versatile industry with so many different career options.

Although it’s possible to work in events without a degree, an event management qualification gives you more opportunities and the chance of faster career progression. UoC has a great reputation with a lot of links to local and national businesses, which are especially relevant to events. I knew that studying here would help me to make valuable industry contacts as well as learning from experienced people currently working in the events industry.

What did you like most about your course?

My personal tutor, course leader Laura Baxter, was amazing. She encouraged everyone on the course and it helped build our confidence throughout the three years. In the first semester of year one she handed round information on an internship opportunity and told me just to go for it. I did and couldn’t believe it when I got it. After that I applied for just about everything else I found out about which eventually led me to my current job.

What was your favourite experience at university?

I had an amazing three years studying at the University of Cumbria but my favourite experience was probably getting my final mark and knowing that it was all totally worth it. How corny is that?!

Do you have any particular memorable/funny stories to share?

I got married on a Friday and started uni the following Monday – coming to UoC was pretty much my honeymoon.

How did coming to university change your life?

I’d tried uni the first time around after finishing sixth form and it just wasn’t for me. Nearly ten years later I came to the University of Cumbria and it completely changed my life for the better. I studied the most interesting subject, with amazing people and I was taught by inspiring tutors and lecturers. After finishing my course I bagged myself my dream job – sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

Did you make use of university career resources? How did these help your career?

I definitely made use of the university resources. I don’t think I would be where I am now without the valuable work experience I gained through the Unite Placements. The first one was working as an events assistant at the Whitehaven Festival (so hard, but so worth it!), the next with Lake District Hotels working as a digital marketing assistant (I learned so much there), I worked as a market research person with designer Lydia Leith (she’s the one that designed the royal sick bags!) and then I worked as a social media advisor with a local legal company. Even just applying for those jobs was great experience.

University was the perfect time for me to take part in a few work placements. I found out what I enjoyed (and what I don’t) which was so useful when I was thinking about what I wanted to do after uni. When I finished my events management degree and I totted up all of my work placements it came to a total of about two years worth of experience. That’s a huge advantage when you’re looking to apply for jobs.

What were your career ambitions when you started studying and do you think that you have achieved them?

When I started I thought I might work with my husband when I finished uni, but I soon abandoned that idea. Ultimately I just wanted to be working in a job that I enjoyed. I’m definitely doing that.

Would you be where you are today, without your degree?

No way. Although my job isn’t really to do with events, without my degree I wouldn’t have had the confidence to even attempt it. Having a degree has opened so many doors for me.

How did you get your current job?

In my first year, one of the events I helped to organise was a fashion show with some of the costume students. I was looking for a bit of press coverage and met Tom Little, who was in his final year studying journalism. It turned out he also did a student section of the local newspaper, the News & Star.

Well, the event wasn’t much to write home about but I kept in touch with Tom (see – I told you it was all about networking) who eventually went to run the business website incumbria.com. In the summer before I started my final year Tom told me about a blogging competition that was being held on the entertainment website Cumbria Live. He knew I had a fashion blog and asked if I fancied giving it a go.

I had to write about events and gigs happening in Cumbria with a chance win an ipad. I didn’t win (I think I came fourth – boo!) but I was asked if I wanted to do a bit of work on the website over the summer. Turns out that was way better than winning an ipad anyway. I worked on Cumbria Live all through my final year and I was lucky enough to be offered a full time position once I finished my degree.

What are you most proud of?

Cumbria Live is on the shortlist for an O2 media award this year – wahoo!

As part of my final degree I had to stage an event. I was working on Cumbria Live all the way through my final year so decided to tie it in with that. I was really interested in social media (which was the subject of my dissertation) and my editor and I came up with the idea of #cumbriaweekend.

We’d utilise social media to showcase the best the region had to offer with a huge ticket giveaway worth £5000 and encourage everyone to get out and about and share their favourite things about Cumbria and the Lake District on social media. It was amazing and worked really well.

You can read more about it here or see the tweets here.

How did you stay motivated to pursue your dream when studying hard and enjoying the University lifestyle?

The main thing that kept me motivated throughout the three years was thinking that I was so lucky to have the chance to study. I knew I wouldn’t have the chance to do it again, so no matter what, I had to study hard.

What advice would you give to today’s freshers and prospective students about making the most of their time at university?

Easy – say yes to everything.

 

Ones to Watch: Scott Harrison

Here’s part two of our new ‘Ones to Watch’ series, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria’s Alumni team. We think all University of Cumbria graduates are amazing, and are proud of each and every one of you. Occasionally we get to hear about certain individuals who are already making a huge impact, despite only graduating recently. Those who have really applied themselves whilst still a student; taken advantage of every opportunity and worked exceptionally hard to get where they want to be. 

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Scott Harrison

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy

Scott’s tutor Dr Katie Small contacted the alumni office to tell us how proud she was of Scott after he secured an internship with Real Madrid Football Club (one of the best football clubs in the world!) working for their TV channel as a Sports Reporter and Presenter. 

Scott has been so ambitious throughout his studies and placements and worked so hard to secure this opportunity for himself, whilst also setting up his own clothing company! We have absolutely no doubt that Scott’s competitive and determined nature will get him far. We will be following your career with interest, Scott!

Course: BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy

Campus: Fusehill Street, Carlisle

Graduation year: 2014

Hometown: Shrewsbury in Shropshire

Current job: Sports Journalist and Television Presenter for Real Madrid CF.

I also single handedly set up and run a small clothes company called Ropa de Calle Clothing. The idea came about in September 2012 and after creating a business plan and sourcing funding etc, I took the business live in March 2013.

I wanted to boost my CV in as many fields as I could and also my interest in current trends and fashion. I did all the designs myself, approached many manufacturers and other professionals within the fashion field myself, set up and run all social media sites myself along with the popular online store. The store can be found at www.ropadecalle.bigcartel.com and on both Facebook and Twitter.

What made you choose the University of Cumbria?

The proximity of family and knowledge of the local area.

Why did you choose your particular course?

Always been interested in sport and healthcare, however the main point was my father is a physiotherapist who helped me with the decision.

What did you like most about your course?

The vast variety of topics within the course and the friends I made along the way.

What was your favourite experience at university?

Playing for the University Rugby League team, great set of lads.

Do you have any particular memorable/funny stories to share?

None that are suitable for the readers… Ha.

How did coming to university change your life?

University really gave me the confidence boost to go for things in life. Improved my social and work skills, which have helped me going forward in my career in which confidence, writing style and technique are key.

What were your career ambitions when you started studying and do you think that you have achieved them?

Originally I wanted to go into the health side of sport and by gaining my degree, yes, I did achieve that. However, being made aware of other areas of sport throughout my time at university, my goals changed and I feel I really have met my goals by gaining this position.

Would you be where you are today, without your degree?

Not at all. It was key to have a degree for the position I currently have. It was even more beneficial that I have a sports degree with a 2:1 level.

What are your current career ambitions now and in the long-term?

I wish to continue in my current job, gaining more on and off screen experience, increasing my show reel and improving my current level of Spanish. Within this time, I hope to meet more people who could offer me further opportunities within in sports media field.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of attaining this position off my own back after working hard to meet the right people and sell myself well. I am also equally as proud of getting the necessary 2:1 grade in my degree and starting my own clothing business completely on my own.

How did you stay motivated to pursue your dream when studying hard and enjoying the university lifestyle?

Competition with friends and desire to meet personal goals. I am a very competitive person, as were my friends, so the healthy competition saw me through.

What advice would you give to today’s freshers and prospective students about making the most of their time at university?

It’s key to make the most of all your time at university. Make sure you have the best possible time socially, but remember to keep an eye on your studies.