Lincoln School of English and Journalism Alumni Conference 2017

I was lucky enough to be able to attend my first graduate conference since being at Lincoln. I have always wanted to attend but they have previously always fallen on dates where I had prior commitments, but I’ve finally made it in my final year!

I was especially interested to hear from those who are now in PR or communication roles (even if they had originally studied a straight journalism degree). We heard from Hasina Sacranie who graduated from a journalism degree in 2010 and now works as a web content editor at the Medical Research Council. She talked about discovering that journalism was not for her and finding her own path to a career she feels suits her, which involves managing and creating content for the corporate website and associated micro-sites (of which there are many!).

We also heard from Adam Tomlinson who after graduating last year from journalism has become the media executive at Huddersfield Town football club. Again despite studying journalism Adam was sure he wanted to work within football and has found himself in more of a communications role, although producing content is still a big part of his day to day responsibilities.

Ellie Smart and Emma Wright also graduated last year, but from the public relations program. Ellie is working as a media relations officer for South Yorkshire Police. She spoke of her responsibilities releasing information to the press and the public and how aspects of her degree such as law which she never imagined she would use have proved incredibly useful in her new role.

Emma Wright is working as a Junior Account Executive at Dragonfly PR who specialise in construction and manufacturing. She discussed her role delivering campaigns and content for clients and what it is like working with a smaller agency and what it was like getting lots of hands-on experience quickly. We were also lucky enough to have a small Q&A session with Emma earlier in the day where we spoke about job hunting and ensuring opportunities after graduation are right for you.

It was an incredibly enjoyable day and as always it is reassuring to hear from former graduates who are doing well in the world of PR. Thank you to Sam Pidoux for organising a thoroughly entertaining and informative event.