International graduate talks about his experience
Qinliang Zhu is working in his dream career as a Documentary Filmmaker at China Global Television Network after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire
Qinliang Zhu chose to study at the University of Central Lancashire from his home country China after having a positive experience speaking with UCLan academics.
In 2015, Qinliang graduated with a BA (Hons) Media Management from UCLan. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Qinliang chose to continue his studies at postgraduate level at UCLan. The teaching facilities, good living environment and friendly course mates were the deciding factors that helped Qinliang make his decision to apply to study for a master's in Photography.
After graduating from his master's in 2016, Qinliang returned to China and was successful in gaining employment with CCTV English News Channel, part of the China Global Television Network. Qinliang undertook a highly competitive written test and interview and was offered the job of Documentary Filmmaker, working on documentary production.
When asked about his greatest achievement since graduating, Qinliang said: “My greatest achievement has been winning the first prize of the 2017 CCTV Outstanding Programme award for my documentary as a director.”
"I loved everything at the Preston campus. I miss my mentor and classmates who gave me guidance and care. I enjoyed spending time in the Media Factory and library and often played football with my friends."— Qinliang Zhu, BA (Hons) and MA graduate
Reflecting on his time at University, Qinliang said: “I loved everything at the Preston campus. I miss my mentor and classmates who gave me guidance and care. I enjoyed spending time in the Media Factory and library and often played football with my friends. I participated in the football league organised by UCLan China Federation of Students and won the best goalkeeper in the league.”
Speaking about the positive impact that his studies have had on his employment, Qinliang said: “The knowledge I have gained from my studies is the basis of my current work. I not only have theoretical knowledge, but also gained practical experience. This gave me an advantage over others during my job interview.”
When asked what advice he would give to those wanting to do something similar, Qinliang said: “Be a good listener in class and urge yourself to express your opinions. Read more, go to see the world outside, learn to accept different opinions, and then diligently reflect. Make use of the University’s facilities and participate in extra-curricular activities to be a confident and eloquent person. To work for the CCTV English News Channel, being able to speak fluent English is essential.”