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Simone

MA Global Media & Transnational Communications

"Goldsmiths provided a place where I could explore specific technology and ideas that intrigued me, while keeping them rooted in theory and research."

I began my studies at Goldsmiths after working as a communications coordinator for an international humanitarian charity. The MA in Global Media and Transnational Communications was a perfect chance for me to take my practical experience to the next level by adding a broader theoretical understanding of contemporary media in an international context. Researching international social media campaigns for my dissertation provided valuable insight into the dynamics of the digital landscape, and has become a key aspect of my post-graduation career.

I currently work as a marketing officer at the Almeida Theatre, where I manage social media, coordinate print and photography for the show campaigns and help promote the theatre's youth and community work. 

Goldsmiths provided a place where I could explore specific technology and ideas that intrigued me, while keeping them rooted in theory and research. The mix of students on the core programme and option courses made for dynamic discussions, my lecturers and tutors challenged me to push my ideas further than I would have on my own, and the confidence I developed on my course was invaluable.

Caitlin

MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy

With a background in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication and contemporary dance, Caitlin moved to London from North Carolina, USA to attend Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2008. After an exciting year of study at this institute and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies, Caitlin knew that while still wanting to be involved in dance and performance arts, on stage was not the place for her.

The MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths had everything Caitlin was looking for and she enrolled in the course in 2009.  Caitlin was very proud to have the opportunity to join the Goldsmiths community of highly accomplished professionals and alumni.  The emphasis on visiting arts organisations and the ready access Goldsmiths students have to learn from respected leaders of arts and culture in London and the UK was extremely beneficial. Whilst studying, Caitlin had the pleasure of working for Jonzi D Productions, an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells.

After graduating, Caitlin worked as a publicist for a collection of performing comedians Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and was then offered the opportunity to work for Emery PR. Caitlin quickly became responsible for appearances, tours, and DVD releases for Sean Lock, Jeremy Hardy, Stephen K Amos and Tim Vine amongst others. Caitlin looks forward to continue working in arts management and PR in London and will most certainly be utilizing all the knowledge gained at Goldsmiths along with the opportunities her curriculum has provided.

Janet

Growing up in suburban Virginia, my travel bug bite was violently gnawing by the time I graduated high school. I wanted to explore the world, but not in the gap year sense. I wanted to live it. England seemed like the best way to dip my toes in the water: still able to use my native tongue, but yet far enough from America to feel foreign.

Goldsmiths felt like home the second I stepped on campus. It was the ultimate mixing pot. I could explore the world not only through RyanAir but by walking out onto my doorstep. My best friend was a devout Lebanese Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia. As a Jewish-American, we couldn't have been more opposite. Everyday between 2006 to 2009 was a new influence, a new idea, a new lifestyle.

Slowly over three years, I transformed from an American to a cosmopolitanism.

After specialising in media and communications at Goldsmiths, I eventually continued on to become a TV Journalist with the Associated Press in London. The newsroom was like a mini-UN with journalists from all over the globe reporting on everything: from the Japanese tsunami to the EU debt crisis. After Goldsmiths, being the only American accent didn't feel weird to me anymore - it was my new normal.

It was then when I suddenly realised that the institution's real gift to me wasn't hours of media theory coursework: it was the ability to truly view stories objectively. I was no longer 'on a side' - I was a citizen on the world. I had developed the ability to genuinely understand every point of view.

And unfortunately Goldsmiths did not quench travel bug. It enticed it.

Twitter: @Janet_Weinstein
Website: www.janetweinstein.com

Sherry

MA Global Media & Transnational Communications

Your current job and employer: Head of Communications & Partnerships, trendwatching.com

What are the main roles and responsibilities of your job? I manage the company’s media and communications efforts, including day-to-day media inquiries and the execution of global press strategies for trend briefings, reports and special events. Also develop partnerships with key media organizations, professional groups and other corporate entities worldwide in an effort to increase brand awareness and visibility for the company's services and content.

How did studying at Goldsmiths prepare you for the future? I made the decision to come to Goldsmiths and to study the Global Media and Transnational Communications course in particular because I wanted to take a step away from the practical element of my profession and study it from more of a theoretical perspective, while also looking at it through more of a global lens.

In the year that I spent at Goldsmiths, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with people from all over the world, which was exactly what I wanted. This only prepared me for my current role, which ironically was a great extension to the GloComm program.

Stacey

MA Artist Teachers & Contemporary Practices

"Working with educators at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern was an invaluable part of the programme, which added to my experience in contemporary museum education."

My work at Goldsmiths included a strong focus on art education theory, art practice and pedagogy. I explored the concepts of identity, socially engaged art practice and valuing the self through my work and research.

Goldsmiths gave me the license to bring more of my art making into my art teaching which is now a much stronger part of my instruction strategy. Working with educators at the Tate Britain and Tate Modern was an invaluable part of the programme, which added to my experience in contemporary museum education. Coming from the United States, I was keen to learn from the experiences and approaches ofUKteachers, and found that my participation at the National and International art education conferences was a great way to connect with others and exchange best practices.

I'm now back in the United States working as a Visual & Digital Arts Teacher, teaching studio art and digital photography to ages 14-18 at a public (state) charter college prep high school.

Rose

MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

Rose is a 20-something Creative Producer on the Music pathway, hoping to break down the barriers between music genres and growing audiences. With a BMusic from Juilliard and an extensive performance background, she has a keen interest in advocating the growth of the performing arts by investigating new business models for the industry. As the daughter of Vietnam War refugees, she is also honored to be the first person of Hmong heritage to pursue serious study in the Western art music tradition.

While at Goldsmiths, Rose will be working on some interesting projects, including the creation of a Hmong music company that will specialize in fostering and presenting the music of the Southeast Asian diasporas. She is intrigued by the things that connect us and believes that music, like knowledge, is meant to be shared. She'd love to hear from you! You can check out her tweets @rosekue, her blog at http://kuesclues.wordpress.com and her CV at http://uk.linkedin.com/in/rosekue

Fred

BA in History & Politics

"After graduation I realized the full value of attending Goldsmiths. The time management skills and personal responsibility required to succeed at Goldsmiths have prepared me for the challenges of my current career. The three years spent living and studying at Goldsmiths was, by far, the best three years of my life."

Before I came to New Cross, I attended Bridgewater State College in the United States where I majored in Political Science. After two years of studying in the states, I decided it was time for a change and I made the decision to challenge myself with a new experience.

After arriving in London, I immediately immersed myself in everything Goldsmiths had to offer. I found my tutors highly knowledgeable yet very approachable and willing to give their time to help all of their students. The course was excellent, and during my third year I was able to take a Special Options course at UCL which was not offered at Goldsmiths. I found that having access to the rest of the University of London was a very valuable tool, as well as taking advantage of the superb resources at Goldsmiths. Also, I joined the football team and played for both the college First XI (co-captain my third year) and for the ULU team. The friends I made through the football team became a major part of my social group during college and well after graduation.

Since graduating, I returned to the States and taught world and US history for four years. Sport has become the major focus of my career since coming home. For the past five seasons I've coached football in the United States Olympic Development Program Massachusetts State Team. Along with coaching ODP, I coach for FC Greater Boston Bolts (#12 ranked club in the US) with the Boys Under 16 and Under 11 teams where we travel all over the US and abroad to expose our players to the best competition available. Also, for two seasons I was on the coaching staff for the Men’s Soccer Team at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

After graduation I realized the full value of attending Goldsmiths. The time management skills and personal responsibility required to succeed at Goldsmiths have prepared me for the challenges of my current career. Also, I am able to teach the lessons I myself learned about living in a foreign country to my players who have traveled from far away and are living in a new environment themselves. The three years spent living and studying at Goldsmiths was, by far, the best three years of my life.

Kevin

MA Journalism

"Providing the time to gain the work experience you'll need once you leave the course is perhaps the most valuable aspect of the Masters."

Since graduating I have worked at The Times in online production and as Web Editor of the Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. At my current position I write and edit off-court stories about the players and the tour, devise, produce and edit off-court video content at tournaments and work on the back end of the website. I have been in the position for about three months now and am enjoying it so far. It's a niche topic that I knew little about at the onset, but I am learning more and facing new challenges everyday.

While on the course I did two stints of work experience at The Times, which led to my work at The Times in online production. This complimented my work previous to joining the course as an Online Producer and freelance writer, and definitely helped to secure my current position. Providing the time to gain the work experience you'll need once you leave the course is perhaps the most valuable aspect of the Masters. The news and features elements of the MA ask you to write about a variety of topics and approach a wide array of people. This helps students to diversify their writing portfolios and step out of the areas they came from, and what ultimately makes them strong and inquisitive journalists.

Mei-Ling

MA Journalism

"Doing journalism in London gave an exceptional opportunity to meet and work with people within the field."

I have worked for CNN as a planning producer and am over a month into a new job with Al-Jazeera English in London as a programme researcher.  I work primarily on a weekly investigative current affairs documentary programme, called People & Power, with additional work on other programmes across the Al-Jazeera network. Before I came to work for Al- Jazeera, I did a series of work placements in London, including an internship at CNN as part of its global analysis programme Connect the World. When I finished the placement, I was asked to stay on at the news agency as a planning producer. Prior to that, I did a work placement as Series Researcher at Quicksilver Media, working on Channel 4’s flagship current affairs programme, Unreported World.

I think it is vital to do internships, but you should be very focussed on where you want to gain experience and who you want to work for. If possible, you should also keep them open-ended, in case there is an opportunity to stay on after it they are finished. You never know if it may be your next job.

Although now I work full-time in broadcasting, I made a very conscious decision to do my Masters in print journalism. Having the foundation of print journalism has made me a better journalist, and though there were other courses I was accepted in, I chose Goldsmiths for the practical work they assign. More than anything, students need to know what it is like working to deadline, interviewing under pressure, and experiencing the chaos and charge of a newsroom environment. I came to Goldsmiths after living abroad for six years, including working in radio in Madagascar and doing documentary work in Asia. Doing journalism in London gave an exceptional opportunity to meet and work with people within the field. Though I was the oldest in the class, and have come into the industry later than some, I think it has allowed me to have a real passion and understanding for the issues I cover.

Doing an MA was important for the next stage in my career, enabling me to hone new skills and make great contacts, but I think nothing can replace real life experience. As a journalist, it is vital to gain exposure and build up a name for yourself, but more than anything else, you have to be curious, persistent and fearless in the work that you do. No one else can teach that to you.

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