Selecting open days was a long process. First I had to determine the course I wanted to do.
After much thought, I knew I wanted to do a course which was media related. Next, I had to decide whether I wanted to specialise in a particular sector of the media, eg. Radio, Online, Film or TV or whether I wanted to do a broader degree, covering all the sectors of media.
With employability in mind, I choose broader degrees as employers look for graduates who are multi-skilled and have knowledge in all the sectors.
Then I had to decide upon whether I wanted to do a theory or practical degree and whether I wanted to study a degree, which involved examinations.
As I knew the outcome of my degree would affect my chances of getting a job, I thought that a degree, which graded me on essays, presentations and projects, would benefit me most.
I also thought about pursuing a career in another of my passions, which is creative writing. At the time, I couldn’t find many creative writing degrees, so I looked at similar options.
Journalism caught my eye, I already had a passion for creative writing and I already had work that was successfully published in local magazines. On researching Journalism courses, I came across another possible career path.
This was Event Management. I knew that this was a risk, as the employability possibilities were limited.
Although I knew I might not choose Event Management, I wanted to see what happens in the degree and how it would prepare me for a possible career.
Along with this I had to think about whether I wanted to live away from home or not. This would depend on the degree, how comfortable I felt in the city, had support from the university and whether I knew anyone that was going to the university or who lived nearby.
One location, I was debating with was Southampton. As my mom used to work there, she had knowledge about the city and friends there. As this was the case, I spend a lot of time there and find great comfort in knowing the city.
After extensive research, I decided upon going to following open days to look at the following courses:
· Southampton Solent University – Journalism
· Southampton Solent University – Media Culture & Production
· University of Chester – Joint Honours Event Management & Journalism
· University of Northampton – Joint Honours – Event Management & Journalism
· Staffordshire University – Journalism
· Staffordshire University – Radio Production
· Birmingham City University – Media Production