Media learner Conor sets out his ambitions for a career in broadcasting
Conor Sturmey is studying for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Film, TV and Radio).
Conor has reflected on his time Coventry College, the opportunities it has brought him, and his ambition to work in the media industry as he approaches the end of a three-year course.
I decided to join Coventry College as it became difficult to secure funding where I was studying previously. They offered a really smooth enrolment process and clear guidance on how funding worked, and soon I was getting to grips with a subject that fascinates me.
I’m due to complete my course next year, which means it’s a good time to reflect on how I have found my college experience, and where I hope it will take me.
I have managed to gain so much experience and challenge myself to do things I may not have been able to do previously.
The best thing for me, which proved extremely useful in my DJ role with Hillz FM, has been getting to use the professional equipment and learning how to use it like the pros do.
Combining practical experience with knowledge about broadcasting, the industry, and how it works has helped me set my sights more clearly on a career in media, more specifically either film, tv or radio.
It feels like my career progression has been clearly mapped out, and staff have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to take any opportunities that come my way.
They have all been really helpful and positive either through talking to me about how I am getting on, holding regular progress reviews or being a friendly face that helped inspire me through my course.
I have also found taking part in the student ambassador programme to be extremely rewarding. It is definitely a highlight of my time here.
Being able to share my experiences with prospective students has given me a sense of fulfilment, and it’s great to think that students may be more likely to come here after hearing my stories.
Perhaps the most unexpected positive has been joining the college’s esports team, Coventry Crosshairs, which has opened a door that I never thought I would get into, because I always thought I was not skilled enough. But I have absolutely loved it, and I would encourage all prospective students to look into the Crosshairs and give it a go. It’s a fantastic community.
Straight after the programme, I am hoping to go and study media production at university, further developing the skills that I’ve learned at college.
After I finish university, I am hoping to secure a job at a large public service broadcaster in the UK, like the BBC or ITV.
My message to all current and future students at Coventry College is: do not let anything get in your way if you have a dream job or career. Come to Coventry College, I’ve had an awesome experience and I believe you will too. Everyone here is super supportive and friendly, and I think you would enjoy the experience massively.
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has taught me or worked with me over the three years that I have been here. I am so proud to have been able to work with you all.