Going on placement while studying at Sunderland is one of the best things I’ve done, as it helped me massively to achieve my goal.
I have always wanted to be a sports journalist. Last year, thanks to my tutor, I secured a two-week placement with the BBC.
I was lucky enough to travel to South Africa after being selected to provide blog updates on the 2010 Football World Cup for BBC Sport. The placement led to me being offered a job with the BBC last year.
I’m now part of the BBC North’s Developing Talent Scheme, working on major national sporting events. I now feel so much more confident in my abilities and I’m prepared to take on any challenge. The placement, and the education and support I received from my journalism tutors, has been invaluable. I’m doing a job I have always wanted to do – that’s what university has done for me."