SJR Students Investigate Media Careers
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By Ellie Byn and Elena Lewis (Future Journalists Elective Programme students)

A former SJR student and a university course leader came in to educate Media and Future Journalism students about life at Salford University.

Ex-student Alex Davies and Debra Prinselaar, course leader on the TV and Radio Production degree course at Salford University, gave a talk to Media Studies A level students on different aspects of university life, and on the range of Media related courses available. Later, Alex joined students on the Future Journalists Elective course for a question and answer session on his impressive range of experiences.

Alex is following Salford’s TV and Radio Production degree course. He’s had no trouble getting work experience after being asked to do a PR video for Salford Council and the NHS, as well as working for PR Company Mason Williams and top clothing brand Helly Hansen.

Alex runs his own video production company (which he set up whilst at SJR) when he’s not studying, called Davies Productions.

Not bad for a 20 year old!

He said, “Doing work experience at uni is very important. You also need things that will help you stand out, such as having a website.”

His advice for students who plan to follow the same path is, “If it’s a practical course and you know what you want to do, then set up a website and build up a good CV which will lead there; let the website do the talking.” Alex also joked, “Don’t burn your A level notes! I used my Media Studies notes to help me write my first essay at uni.”

When asked about his time at SJR, Alex said that he enjoyed college, “Media prepared me well for my course, especially the theory.”

Alex is just one example of many success stories from St John Rigby.

Media student, Will Watts, who attended the talk said, “It was very interesting and it gave us a good insight into life at uni, as well as possible careers in the media.”