Broadcasting, Journalism & Media Communications (2013-2017)
How did your time at Glyndwr University prepare you for the world of work?
Throughout my time at Glyndwr I learnt the valuable lesson of having time on my side. So as well as turning up to lectures during the week, I would spend much of my free time away from the University to get work experience at different fields. This included giving up many weekends to work at football matches (As working in sport was my one and only niche at the time as a student). Because the one thing you’ll learn from getting work experience is finding out if the job is right for you. So how do you feel after a week of working at a newspaper office? Or how did you feel after spending the summer working at a number of sporting events across the country? It really does help you learn more about yourself and what the future might hold for you.
What does your current job involve?
As a freelancer since graduation in November 2017, I have a number of different jobs to keep me on my toes. One of my biggest roles is commentating for international radio station Talk Sport by providing commentary for their Premier League and Bundesliga matches. Another is being England Hockey’s event announcer by reading out the team line-ups, the goal scorers, changes and monitoring the music output and taking in song requests from the fans attending the matches. Working in the Media Centre at The Open Championship which includes co-hosting player’s press conferences. And I’ve been very lucky enough to interview athletes from the British Athletics team at meetings including the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships. And when some weeks are a little quiet in the diary, I write for a number of websites on a freelance basis including The Daily Record, Sportskeeda, ESC Plus, The Quiz, The Richest and a few others.
What have been your career highlights to date?
There are quite a few but the top one on my list is commentating on Premier League and Bundesliga matches which goes out to over 69 countries for Talk Sport International. It’s crazy when listening to the commentary greats of John Motson, Peter Alliss and Barry Davies as a kid but never thought I would be doing the same thing years later.
What made you choose Glyndwr University?
In my final few months at high school, I didn’t know what I was going to do after I finished. My friends around me looked all set to be going to different Universities while I had no intention of studying a further three to four years. But a random moment back at home had my friend, Harry, come over and share this information with me about Glyndwr University hosting an open day. We both decided to go, we went for a tour on the campus including the class rooms and facilities related to the broadcasting course. We were both convinced and excited so we applied, then at the end of the summer we were studying at Glyndwr University. We never looked back. I chose Glyndwr because of the community. Many big universities host over a hundred students just for one class, which I don’t like, and I liked the idea of being able to actually get to know my lecturers and ask for help if I was struggling on a assignment. It was nice to have that attention because you were in a small class. It does wonders as a student.
What kind of student were you?
Good question. I would like to say I was quite laid back but wanted to put in the biggest effort I could put into my university work. I’ve always liked meeting new people and working with new faces. I probably annoyed my lecturers from time to time... but they loved it really!
How did studying at Glyndwr help you?
When I look back, I have learnt studying is the meaning of work. You have to put in the hours if you want to complete a project or an assignment. Being able to contact my lecturers at anytime when I was stuck, really helped me get through the stress. It also helped me realise how important it is to reference a book or a website instead of just copying examples or quotes from different sources.
What advice would you give someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Don’t just study a degree related to a career you want to pursue. Because anyone can do that. Go out there and get the experience. Not tomorrow, not next week… TODAY! Say to yourself at the start of each day that you are going to do one thing today. We live in a world where hundreds apply for the same job – you’ve got to be the purple sheep in a middle of hundreds of sheep. You have to stand out from the rest. Working at the Eurovision song contest taught me you’ve got to be the most memorable performer out of the 40 odd acts to win. This is what you have got to do to make it possible.
Would you recommend undertaking a course with Glyndwr University, and why?
If you are already living in or near the area ask yourself – Why do you have to travel miles and miles to study a degree? Because if Glyndwr offers the degree you are after what makes you think the other universities are going to be better? It’s all about making the most out of this opportunity especially if you are serious about a career in your chosen field.
What is your favourite memory of your time at Glyndwr?
I have many fabulous memories during my time at Glyndwr which I will cherish for the rest of my days. One of my favourites was clicking the ‘submit’ button on my final assignment knowing that I have stayed strong for the last four years to make sure I completed a challenging process that I had started. Another was making friends for life including the staff at Glyndwr. We all like to keep in touch to see how we are all doing. As I said before, it is a lovely community.
If you could sum up your Glyndwr experience in a quote, what would it be?
Rise to every challenge but remember Glyndwr are there for you every step of the way.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Some universities may seem more glamourous, but Glyndwr offers you things not others can - An experience with endless opportunities and a heart warming community.