Students bag jobs before graduation

Work experience certainly paid off for three students about to finish their course in Multimedia Journalism, who have already started full-time jobs before they’ve even graduated.

Matt Derrig, completed placements at the Northampton Chron and Echo and at Northampton Town FC during his degree, and was offered a part-time internship at the club while he studied. He was recently appointed media and marketing officer for the newly promoted League One football club, based at Sixfields stadium.

“I really enjoyed my time at the University, and particularly the hands-on training I received as part of the Multimedia Journalism course,” said Matt.
“The assignments were really engaging, I had the chance to get out there and speak to people, build up contacts and the Uni’s close links with Northampton Town meant I was able to benefit from the internship with the club. Thanks to the experience I had gained on my course, I was able to adapt to the work quickly.”

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Matt Derrig recently appointed media and marketing officer at Northampton Football Club


From the same graduating year, Jen Stowell has been given a job writing for the British Forces Broadcasting (BFBS) which she applied for as soon as her exams finished in June. She said: “ I’m so happy to be offered a job with BFBS, I made my dream come true! And I’m working in radio which was the best outcome.”

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Jen Stowell successfully secured a radio position with British Forces Broadcasting


Andrea Pluck hadn’t even let the ink dry on her final media law exam before she started work at a newspaper in St Albans, the Herts Advertiser. The final year student had completed her second year work experience at an Archant newspaper in Essex, and when she applied for the St Alban’s job a year later, her editor in Essex recommended her to the Herts Ad’s editor.
She said: “It was so useful to work in a real newspaper office in my second year and then use those skills to develop my confidence ready for getting a real job by the time I graduated. I’m loving the job, if not the early starts!”

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Andrea Pluck has begun her career as a journalist at the Herts Advertiser in St Albans.


All single honours students on the Multi Media Journalism degree have to complete work experience during the BJTC accredited course, which has certainly paid off for these students already. Andrea, Matt and Jen are all due to collect their degrees at the graduation ceremony on July 22 at Royal & Derngate in Northampton.