I currently study Journalism and English at Salford University, headstrong to do so after seeing Mediacityuk and hearing about all the opportunities studying near the BBC and ITV could bring. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my course, have some amazing lecturers, and have met some people that I class as lifelong friends. Yet, the thought always lingers in the back of my mind that I could have gone to a Russell group university, if only I studied English alone (without combining it with journalism).
My English A-Level teacher always told me to do so, stating I have a natural flair for writing and that I could always do a masters in Journalism if I still wanted to go down that route. I naturally ignored her advice – why would I want to do the two subjects separately when I could get equal insight into them both on one course. Plus, how would I do a masters knowing nothing of the subject matter.
However, after going to a University open day with my not so little brother I started doubting my choice. I got visions of what my life could have been, imagining that my degree would count for more to potential employers coming from a place higher in the league tables.
I wish factors like that didn’t affect how future employers view you as a candidate, but they sadly do – a first class degree from Oxford will always look better than one from a smaller less known university. I just hope that I made the right decision, and that work experience from the opportunities Sallford University constantly advertise will make a difference when I graduate and start looking for a digital content job.