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Dan Curtis

Peterlee, UK

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism


Dan Curtis chose to study at the University of Sunderland as it was close to home and offered the journalism course he had always wanted to study. Following graduation, he got his first ‘proper’ job as a content editor for an E-commerce firm in Stockton. He is now working in a marketing role at East Durham College.

I always had aspirations to go to university. I decided to study at the University of Sunderland for two reasons: it was close to home and I didn’t want to travel too far afield, and it offered the journalism course I’d wanted to study for as long as I can remember.

The practical aspects of the course were my favourite by far. I had the opportunity to learn about magazine design while studying and this has led to a keen interest in graphic design which I’ve been able to apply in my day-to-day work in recent years.

After a slow start and working in a local GameStation over Christmas, I found my first ‘proper’ job: being a content editor for an E-commerce firm in Stockton. At that time I was responsible for writing bespoke content (such as product descriptions, blogs etc.) for a new website, and over five years I built the website up into a multi-million pound turnover platform. After half a decade there I really wanted more variation in my day-to-day work, so I applied for a job at East Durham College, which is just down the road from my parent’s house, and got it! Three years later I’m loving being at EDC; every day is different, I’ve learned new skills such as photography and video editing, and I love my job.

What I really love about my job in the creative industries is the variation. Not being chained to a desk every day is a massive bonus. It’s a crazy world with lots going on every day, but it’s fantastic. Finding the right job in marketing makes a world of difference.

I would absolutely recommend the University of Sunderland to other students; professionally speaking, my degree has opened doors for me that wouldn’t have been otherwise – it could do the same for you too! Working in marketing, as I do now, is a massively rewarding job, mainly because I work for a place where I have a huge, varied workload and where I get to learn loads of new skills every single day.

Studying at Sunderland was the catalyst for where I am now; I don’t think I would be in the position I am without my degree and the skillset I honed through university. It made me more mature as a person, I discovered hidden talents I didn’t know I had and it also is the place I met my girlfriend, who I’m still with over 10 years later! So, in summary, I loved coming to the University of Sunderland, and I think others will too!”

Published 11 November 2020

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