Thomas graduated from the BA(Hons) Journalism course in July 2008 and landed a job at Sky Sports News that summer. He chose to specialise in broadcast journalism in his final year and won the 2008 Press Gazette Student Radio Journalist of the Year, before embarking on an exciting career with Sky.
Reflecting on his time at UCLan, Thomas believes the practical training he received was instrumental in helping him secure his current job.
He said: “I graduated with a 2:1 in BA(Hons) Journalism and there's no doubt that without the degree I wouldn't be where I am today. I had visited a number of universities and assessed all my options very carefully before I decided to choose UCLan. The course prepared me for the reality of working in the fast paced world of TV and provided the perfect balance of theory and practical based learning.
“One of the most important things for me was that the lecturers always made time for their students to help you improve as a budding journalist. This gave me all the necessary skills required to challenge for jobs in a very competitive marketplace.
“One tip that I would give any young journalist is you've got to make things happen for yourself. UCLan gives you the knowledge and capabilities to make those ambitions become a reality.”
Thomas now enjoys an incredibly varied job which has him attending press conferences, while he has also turned his hand to producing.
“No two days are ever the same. That’s an expression that often describes the world of a journalist, but it couldn't ring more true than in my job at Sky Sports News. Like many people who are eager to break into the world of sports broadcasting I was glued to Sky Sports News during my university days, little did I know at that time I would be working for the channel after leaving UCLan.
“If I’m not listening to press conferences and cutting the best lines, I’m putting the yellow breaking news on the ticker. Not a day goes by when there’s not a sporting celebrity sat in the studio. My job has not just been restricted to the office. I've been out into the field and put together packages as a reporter, while also working as a live producer at Cardiff City’s promotion parade in May.”