News and events

Juliet Phillips

PGDip Broadcast Journalism (2012)

“Before starting the PG Dip Broadcast Journalism course I had been working in sales and recruitment in Manchester. I gained a place on the postgraduate course straight after finishing my undergraduate degree, but had wanted a taste of city living so decided to turn it down.

I soon realised stuffy office jobs weren’t for me though. All that year working in sales I wondered whether I should have done the course instead. I made enquiries and found out I could defer my acceptance and go on that year’s intake if I wanted. I immediately quit my job and moved home ready to start in September. It’s the best thing I ever did.

My favourite part of the course is its focus on the practical side of being a journalist. There’s no theory here, you really are being trained to get a job in journalism. For me it completely worked. I’m soon to start my new job as broadcast journalist for BBC TV news programme Look North. I know I would never have got to interview stage, never mind been offered the job, without the course behind me. Deciding to spend money on further study after university is a big decision, but for me it certainly paid off.”