With over a month to go until their final exams, a third of the current group of students at Up To Speed Journalism already have jobs.
Today, Lauren May was offered a job as a trainee reporter with the Epsom Guardian in South-West London. Lauren, who is a graduate of Surrey University, will start on the day after her final exam in Court Reporting in February.
She is due to take an exam in video journalism next week and is currently working on a video story about the London Boat Show.
Lauren May: starts work the day after her last exam
“I am so pleased and I just can’t wait to get started,” said Lauren, who joined the Up To Speed Journalism course based at the Daily Echo in Bournemouth in September.
Lauren, 22, has already passed her 100 wpm shorthand exam and is waiting for results in Reporting, Public Affairs and Media Law. The former Parkstone Grammar School pupil has just completed a two-week work placement at the Daily Express.
Three of Lauren’s colleagues on the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism course at Up To Speed have already started jobs.
Stephen Ashby, 22, a graduate in English from Lancaster University and a former pupil at Poole Grammar School, is working as a staff writer for i-create magazine. Stephen’s job is to write about Apple macs and his first assignment was to play a new game and write a review of it.
Hannah White, 22, an English graduate from Southampton University, has already started working as a trainee reporter for the Salisbury Journal.
Heather Findlay, 19, who left Brockenhurst College with straight As in her A Levels decided to join Up To Speed’s course rather than going to university. She started working as a journalist for the agency Medavia in Bristol on January 4th.
The latest group of Up To Speed students started their course last Monday. The next course at the NCTJ-accredited centre starts in October.