Journalism & Media

May 2012

Where did you Study?

De Montfort University

What did you Study?

BA Joint Journalism and Media

What year did you Graduate?

2011

So we can feel more intimate, three words to describe your physical appearance.

Cocky, Athletic and handsome 😀

What did you do when you left Uni? Be brutally honest! If you cried into a bowl of cereal every morning & treated your local pub like your favourite Uni nightclub, say so.

I worked through the summer as a film extra. Following that, I started to look for a proper job, as there isn’t much work in that area in the winter and found a job working as an I.T Associate Recruitment Consultant for a recruitment agency.

What are you doing now and how long do you see yourself doing it for? Are you in your dream job? If not yet, what is this?

I am still currently working in I.T recruitment. This is more of a platform to save some money to travel. My dream job would be a Football Agent or Sports Journalist (think that’s a long way off).

Do you think Uni has helped you to be where you are now?

Yes, working in recruitment, most companies prefer candidates to have a degree. I needed a degree to get the job I got. Also, it helps with general living, I never would have been ready to go into full time work at 18/19.

Describe your Uni experience? Did you face any obstacles? The positives, the negatives, reveal all. Terrible lecturers can be anonymous!

My Uni experience was amazing! I know it is what everyone says, but they were honestly the best days of my life so far. You are in an environment with thousands of people who are in the same situation as you, which is a strange concept by itself. I spent the majority of my first two years going out five nights a week, making new friends (who I will hopefully have for life), playing football in the day and going to lectures sparingly. In the 3rd year it was a bit of a different story and you have to actually pull your finger out a bit, but that’s worth it. It also helps you become more independent, living with my friends opposed to living with my family made a big difference… I had to actually cook for myself :O. I miss Uni loads, and would definitely go back if the circumstances were right and I didn’t look like an old man compared to all the Justin Bieber lookalikes.

There were of course drawbacks to University, we had some shocking lectures with average-at-best lecturers. And of course the most obvious one being the MASSIVE amount of debt I am now in (even though I took a massive £8 off of that last month with my pay-cheque). However, it was definitely worth it!!

Finally, if you would be so kind, tell us briefly about your day ahead – just in case we might want to change our career path.

You definitely DO NOT want to change your career path. Today, I will be in the office, calling candidates for various IT roles that I am working on. I am going on a client visit on Thursday in Reading, which is a bonus as I get a massive free lunch (which I will probably spill down my suit) – that is by far the highlight of my week. I have got some candidates interviewing this week too, so I will have to guide them through that, which is one of the perks of the job. It is always nice to find someone a new position.

That’s it. Toby Hone, you have been wonderful.

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