Upon graduating Darren went on to work as a Trainee Reporter at his local newspaper, the South Wales Argus in Newport, where he was soon promoted to Senior Reporter and then worked his way up to Edition Manager.
Following his time at the South Wales Argus, Darren went on to work at The Times Educational Supplement where he reported on education in Wales as well as further education and skills in England.
Darren says that without his degree at UCLan he would not have had access to the same level of employment opportunities; “I graduated not only with the degree itself but also with valuable work experience and vital qualifications that allowed me to enter the industry immediately.
The quality of a UCLan Journalism course and its graduates are widely recognised, and no doubt this played a part in getting my foot in the door.”
Darren is currently working as Head of Content at Brighter Comms, a public relations agency in Cardiff. This role includes responsibility for all communications sent out on behalf of clients including press releases and blogs. He is now considered one of the highest profile education journalists in Wales and is regularly asked for comment by BBC radio and television.
On advising prospective students, Darren says: “Do your research about which course of study and always have your eye on your future career and whether the course will lead you there. The skills and knowledge you will develop on a journalism degree will serve you well in a variety of disciplines and potential careers.”
Reflecting on his time at University, Darren say his lasting memories of UCLan involve living on his own for the first time, meeting amazing people who became lifelong friends and sharing some incredible experiences.
He said: “I am still proud to wear my UCLan tie to this day and never hesitate to recommend the University or the course to anyone looking to enter higher education.”