I love rock n roll…

…Put another dime in the jukebox baby!

Last year I ventured off to Bangkok, Thailand and found myself deep within the music industry, interning at an orchestral recording studio. The experience was incredible and allowed me to become much more diverse within my field. Being at the studio allowed me to have a great hands-on experience working with professionals who were happy to share their knowledge. It was also great to be able to apply many things I had learnt in University and demonstrate it through my hard work on various projects.

Last year’s amazing journey has inspired me to come again this year, which is a decision I am very glad to have made. I feel much more confidant and in control this year. My people skills have developed hugely thus improving my workflow and my quality of work. At the studio I have developed a trust with all my colleagues, which has allowed them to give me bigger responsibilities, such as teaching other interns the basics of the studio, or working directly with clients and working with they’re needs. I’ve had the chance to run my own sessions and work privately with musicians without supervision, which allows me to feel confident that my level of musical/engineering skill has risen over time, which I give total credit to my University for giving me those key skills to be applied into a workplace. This year for me feels like I have taken another huge step in the ladder to success. My thinking is much more different and I am think much bigger than last year, in terms of my future prospects.

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It’s in the photograph

In the month of April 2016 I was grateful enough to attend work experience at a photography studio on Tottenham Court Road; it was a company by the name of ‘Curious Productions’. It was a vibrant, trendy setting filled with passionate, creative individuals – and I felt as if I fit right in. Basically, my overall aim right now is to obtain as much work experience as I possibly can so I hopefully have an idea of what I want to do with the rest of my life, once I’ve completed my degree.

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My work experience at Curious Productions more valuable than I ever thought it could be; it ultimately made me realise that I perhaps was not cut out to be a commercial photographer, but I discovered that I was interested in becoming part of a photography studio team in general. The role of the studio producer most intrigued me, as there is a lot of organisation and problem solving involved.

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Optimise the benefits of LinkedIn in your job search

 

Almost without exception, recruiters and hiring managers now use LinkedIn for research and to source potential candidates. Therefore, having a compelling profile within the world’s largest professional network, is vital for your job search strategy. In addition to potential career opportunities, LinkedIn allows you to build valuable connections within your chosen industry and develop a strong personal brand. Here are our top tips for creating your LinkedIn profile and building your professional network.

Customised URL

Having your name, rather than LinkedIn’s automated URL, is an advantageous marketing tool for personal brand building; it also makes it easier for people to find you. Once you’ve claimed your personalised LinkedIn URL, add it to your business card, CV or email footer. Active use of this URL will help publicise your skills, experience and objectives to prospective employers and contacts. To do this, go to account and settings, then privacy and settings and finally to edit public profile, where you can customise your public profile URL. Choose the closest version of your name, depending on what has already been taken.

Compelling Headline

The headline is the text area below your name and it greatly helps attract opportunities and connections. When writing your headline, think about the opportunities you are seeking and what keywords recruiters and hiring managers may use in their search. People need to quickly identify who you are and what you can offer. As a recent graduate, you should state the subject you have studied and what you hope to do.

Professional Photo

First impressions count, and rightly or wrongly, people will form an opinion from someone’s photograph. Keep it simple: ask someone to take a headshot specifically for LinkedIn. Wear something smart and have a plain background. The aim is to look approachable and positive, so do remember to smile! Adding an image in the profile header can be advantageous for certain sectors. For example, if you are a digital arts or architecture graduate, use the header to showcase your work or indicate a specific area of interest.

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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

Over the past two weeks I have undertaken a work experience placement at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village as part of my Museum Studies module. Throughout this placement I have undertaken a variety of activities. Part of my main job was to help out with their educational programme, which provides information for primary school children on school trips. As a result of this I ended up designing an activity to do with the children within one of the Anglo-Saxon houses, which was concerned with identifying monsters from Anglo-Saxon mythology – important when schools tend to not only come to the Anglo-Saxon village for strict history and archaeological remains, but also for a sense of what an Anglo-Saxon felt like and cultural history as well. Creating an activity like this and carrying it out with the children has helped my communication skills with younger people, as well as enforcing my creative side.

Another of my roles was to help within the collections department. Within this I helped to record items onto their database [MODES]. This database is the same one that is used in museums around the country and so training in this is very helpful if I decide that I do wish to work in the museum sector. Additionally, I also undertook my own project in organising and recording all of their handling items – which were previously unsorted and just thrown into a cupboard.

This placement has helped me to understand what it is liked to work in the museum sector and help to consider whether this is the type of career which I would like to take up in the future. If it is, this placement will have provided me with the necessary experience which would put me further ahead in an application process. Furthermore, as a result of this placement I think it is likely that I will volunteer throughout the summer here whenever I am able to. This placement has also been necessary for me to be able to practically apply all the information which I have learnt in my Museum Studies module; I believe this has been extremely helpful to my understanding of my course and the matters at hand.

– Louise Gibson is a final year Classical & Archaeological Studies with a Year Abroad student.

 

I read the news today, oh boy

I was fortunate to secure a work placement with Gravesend Messenger during my Easter holiday. It was a golden opportunity handed to me by my lecturer and the university.

During my week at Gravesend Messenger, I had the chance to experience the real life of a journalist. I started my first day with vox pops where I asked people on Gravesend high street regarding their opinion on the EU referendum.

On my second day, I was working on a few stories where I was required to take a few pictures of an event where a man took the challenge to wax his legs to raise funds for leukaemia research.

My third day was a new experience as it was my first time attending an inquest hearing. I followed a court reporter, Julia Roberts, and she taught me many useful tips about inquests. I was asked to take notes during the hearing, where I finally made use of my shorthand skills. My editor then assigned me to write up a short article on the inquest I attended using all the information I wrote down in shorthand. It was terrifying as my shorthand was messy and I was worried if my details were wrong but my editor and Julia provided lots of help.

I was out covering events on my remaining two days with journalist Lizzie Massey. One was a tea party for elderly ladies who are 90 years old and above in conjunction with the Queen’s 90th birthday. The other was a huge St. George’s Parade held in Gravesend high street. It was an amazing experience as I get to see how a journalist covers event, how they conduct their interviews and how they interact with everybody.

– Elaine Loke is a 1st year BA Journalism student at the University of Kent.

On the radio…

On Monday 11th April 2016, I reported to the all-powerful Broadcasting House, the home of BBC World Service where I had been offered a three week work experience on the Focus on Africa Desk. It was an amazing experience, the News Hub fully integrated me into the daily news gathering and programming for the Focus on Africa news hour at 18.00 BST.

My first assignment was to call and schedule a skype interview with controversial vice President of South Sudan, Gen. Riek Machar, who was expected to return to his country, two years after fighting broke out and he parted ways with Juba Government. The interview didn’t come through, but I was commended for the effort and given another assignment for the day.

A normal day at the Focus on Africa News hub begins with a planning meeting for the editors, journalists and producers to review the big stories for the day and any other stories that may be covered. Here, journalists are producers and use the Jupiter software to edit stories from different parts of the continent. They also coordinate with regional offices in Africa to on the upcoming stories of the day.

Over the two weeks, I learnt new ways of reporting stories for an international audience. I also got hands-on experience with social media interaction in news reporting, and I spent a day at the Africa Live page which reports stories as they develop. This is a challenging role because the editor in charge has to be fully in control of the events happening around the African continent.

All in all, it was an exceptional opportunity to get exposed to a 21st century advanced multi media news environment. I appreciate The University of Kent because almost everything I have learnt at the university is what takes place at the BBC News Hub in practice and theory. Above all, I have contacts for future prospects, and I have been told to keep my eye on the BBC Careers Hub for any opportunities. I am also allowed to use BBC on my CV and the Editor as my reference.

– Fortunate Ahimbisibwe is undertaking a Masters in International Multimedia.