"The thing I appreciated most about my time at Manchester Metropolitan was being given the opportunity to realise my potential in a creative, professional and social context."
After graduating, my first role was with AO.com. What really made me shine in the interview was that I was able to point to the volunteer/extracurricular creative work I’d done at university which included filmmaking, writing for Grimmfest and being the Film and Games editor for Pulp Online (still one of my crowning achievements). It really set me apart.
I’m currently the Marketing Manager for HFE, the UK’s leading provider of personal training courses and fitness qualifications. Four years ago, I started as a humble content writer and my role now encompasses everything from filmmaking to voiceover work, interviews and blog writing, web design, photography, SEO, basic coding and my personal favourite – using Photoshop to create motivational memes (the audience loves them).
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t land your ‘dream job’ straight away. Writing about fridges and washing machines may not seem glamorous but it allowed me to apply my creative skills and eventually move on to more challenging and exciting things. Find ways to leverage your skills in unexpected ways, branch out and gain experience in as many fields/industries as you can.
You’ll have setbacks, knockbacks, detours, wrong turns, you’ll fall down and you’ll feel like you’ll never get there, but the world is out there waiting for you… so go to it with passion, commitment and an open mind. It’s yours for the taking.
One of the best skills I gained is the ability to work autonomously and to a specific non-moveable deadline. You’re given plenty of guidance and support at university naturally, but you’re also expected to make your own success and drive yourself forward. Apart from that, I would say filmmaking; understanding the basics of sound, lightning and the nuances of scriptwriting – if you compare my pre-university films to the ones I’ve made since you’ll definitely see how valuable those skills are. (thankfully my older work has been ‘accidentally’ deleted from YouTube!)
The thing I appreciated most about my time at Manchester Metropolitan was being given the opportunity to realise my potential in a creative, professional and social context. Manchester just also happens to be the one of my favourite cities in the world.