Alex Nicol - BA (Hons) Media Arts graduate

Current employer: Silverstream TV

Current job title: Multimedia Trainee

Current location: Plymouth

“The variety of different courses and the ability to cross-pollinate knowledge between courses is invaluable. The location is amazing for anyone interested in the outdoors, providing a perfect backdrop for any film shoot you could want.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

I undertook work experience with Silverstream TV during the final year of my course, fitting work in when I could and making myself as available as possible. The week after my coursework submission, I started working full time for them and the rest is history.

Did you decide to change your career path during your studies, and if so, why?

I didn’t start my degree at Plymouth University; I initially started at Falmouth University studying film, but after completing the first year of the course I decided it wasn’t for me. I switched courses and moved to Plymouth University. The media arts course here in Plymouth offered a greater opportunity to experiment with different mediums and to develop a more commercial side to my work, which I believed was going to be the career path for me.

What was the most difficult thing you faced finding a job?

During the third year of my course I spent a considerable amount of time undertaking work experience at different production houses in the South West. I spent time finding out about the work, roles, and responsibilities of media graduates in the workplace. I quickly decided that sitting behind a desk for two years researching wasn’t for me. My current position is very 'hands on' with lots of practical media experience.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career (or that you’re most looking forward to)?

Travelling all around Europe for work and meeting a wide variety of different people. The opportunity to travel is one of the added benefits of working in broadcast television. Commercial film production also gives you an insight into a huge range of different industries and the opportunity to see behind the scenes of many exciting events.

Do you stay in touch with other Plymouth University alumni or lecturers?

Yes, keeping them abreast of my work at Silverstream. I feel it's useful for them to know where students are working in the media industry to help inform and structure successful and relevant media courses in the future. Following the Dean’s Award trip last year, I established a strong connection with the other students and the Associate Dean of Faculty.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

The variety of different courses and the ability to cross-pollinate knowledge between courses is invaluable. The location is amazing for anyone interested in the outdoors, providing a perfect backdrop for any film shoot you could want.

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