I work in the relatively new and very fast paced world of social media and web content. I’m employed by a first party Xbox video games studio to run their social channels (nine channels over six platforms) and create content for their website. I also help plan and execute marketing campaigns, write scripts for and produce marketing videos and provide the studio with a direct route to their fans and customers.
I studied Theology and Religious Studies at college, not the most obvious degree for what I’ve ended up doing. My role as Entertainments Officer on the JCR provided me with valuable experience that I still draw on today! After I graduated I returned to college as a member of staff, a very strange feeling indeed. I became the college’s Schools Liaison Officer for a year. The role gave me a wide variety of skills and experience. I stayed in the role for 12 months then moved to the Midlands with my other half (now soon to be husband).
After a few months of fruitlessly applying for jobs my heart wasn’t in I got some freelance writing work through a friend. I really enjoyed the work and began taking on more and finding other places to write for. When my grandfather offered – so kindly – to fund an MA in Journalism to extend my career options I was thrilled. The 12-month course gave me lots of real world experience and reawakened my passion for learning. Within five weeks of finishing up teaching for the course I was starting my current role. Working for Microsoft is fantastic. I get to work in an industry that combines creativity with technology and offers up amazing opportunities. I used to use social media to market events and stay connected whilst I was a student and now I’ve made a career of it!
I’ve continued to maintain a connection with college. It was – and will remain – a very important place to me. I’ve offered career advice through the Gateway Programme, become a year rep for the Alumnae Office and signed up to donate to the Rosemary Murray Fund through a telephone campaign. Help from the fund eased a lot of financial pressure on me during my second and third year so I wanted to give the same help to a current student. My experiences at college have helped shape me so it’ll always be a part of my life.