Simona studied BA (Hons) in Media and Communications and graduated in 2017 with First Class Honours. She says: “there were numerous challenges especially being an international student but thanks to the well-structured course and motivational staff I was given the tools that were necessary to excel.”
“Greenwich inspired me fight for success, as I was surrounded by such a vast number of international students. This environment has also built my professional network, and It was a great opportunity to practice my language skills.” Whilst studying for her BA, Simona also learnt Spanish, which is her 4th language and received a Global Mobility Scholarship from Santander and Greenwich to study Spanish in Chile.
“I am pursuing a career in journalism and feel as though the support I received at UoG assisted me to specialise and hone in on my skills early on.” Since graduating, she has started to study for a masters degree in International Journalism at City, University of London. “Delving into a Masters straight after completing a BA was a difficult decision but I knew that I was ready for this new chapter because of my determination to become a foreign correspondent for an influential media organisation.”
Since graduating from Greenwich in 2007, Karl has built a career in the highly competitive fine art world, exhibiting at the Tate Britain (2013) and the National Portrait Gallery (2016) in prestigious group shows. Most recently, his work has been included in the Arts Council Collection where works of national significance are purchased for exhibition across the nation’s galleries.
Karl has maintained very strong links with the University of Greenwich, and is still close to his lecturers in the creative department. In January 2017, he held an Arts Council funded exhibition, ‘My Grandad’s Car’ here, in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. He says:
“I loved Greenwich. I had the typical student experience – parties, friends, socialising. But I listened to my lecturers too. They taught me a lot and they’re very well-connected. I’d like to thank them for the help they’ve given me. My advice to students? Network while you’re here.”
“Finishing this degree to a high standard inspired me to continue my studies further. I felt that more and more people nowadays have BA degrees, and the career paths I’d like to follow one day would require me to gain MA degree at some point. So, September 2017, I used my Fast Forward scholarship and enrolled in MA Strategic Marketing Communications. As media is a creative degree, mixing it with a business degree seemed like a logical step. I must say that the BA course prepared me really well as I managed to continue without requiring almost any transition period despite never studying business!”
Whilst studying for her MA, Greta has continued writing for an online music publication, something she has done throughout her time at university. She has also been working part-time in a gallery. Now, nearing the completion of her Masters, she is slowly progressing into a full-time job and hopes to have a career in content creation and campaign management.
She wants to reassure you: “If you’re a current student reading this – there is light at the end of the tunnel! ;)”