Victor studies Media and Creative Industries and will be graduating December 2018.
Victor was a producer of a main televeision station in Peru before studying his master's at Loughborough University London.
What were you doing before you started your master’s?
I was a producer of one of the main television stations in Peru: creating innovative content for two of its daily live news programmes, and being the chief of its whole press bureau on weekends.
Why did you choose Loughborough University London?
There are a number of reasons why I chose to study at Loughborough University London. One reason was its reputation - Loughborough University has a prestigious legacy for the quality of its teaching and researching, as well as its student experience, being in the top 10 of academic rankings. I also was intrigued by the appealing structure of its modules, which combined theory with loads of practice. The friendly environment that the university projects for international students, was something I took into consideration as well. And finally, of course, its campus located in London makes you feel that you are on top of the world.
What’s your favourite thing about Loughborough University London?
The people make Loughborough University London so special! The academic and student support staff are always welcoming and ready to help you with any queries or doubts, from visas to employability topics. The students are a huge part in the development of this friendly environment, of course! All the students and staff come from different backgrounds and experiences, but with the same objective: enjoying the process of growing up professionally and personally.
What helped you choose Loughborough University London?
The Loughborough University London webpage and social media channels helped me choose to study here. In particular, Loughborough is very active on Twitter, where they post frequently their achievements, upcoming events, outside-the-campus activities, or just news that could be interesting for the students.
How have you funded your studies?
I received an International Scholarship from the University, for being a student who achieved a first-class degree.
Why did you decide to study your course?
As a journalist, it is crucial to keep my mind always updated with current topics, with the ability to learn new things. On top of that, it is now necessary for me to analyse those issues with a wider perspective. I believe that the best way of developing this international approach is by acquiring the latest knowledge and applying it to see possible impacts. I believed the master’s programme would help me achieve this and it has.
What do you enjoy the most about your course?
It combines theories, with lots of practice inside and outside the classrooms. The Collaborative Project is one example because they made us go through real company problems, in order to get real solutions. The frequent workshops organised by the university were also very useful for me to develop an international mind-set.
Describe a day in the life of a postgraduate student on your course
A typical day starts with me waking up early and heading to campus where I take the HereEast shuttle bus at Stratford International Station. Once on campus, I attend any lectures, seminars or tutorials that I have that day. When I am not in class, I do independent study or I socialise with my friends. I usually leave campus around 8-9 pm and go back home to eat, meditate and sleep.
Where do you see your career in 5 years’ time?
I hope to see myself in the core of the media industry. I see myself creating content not only for television or social media, but for all types of communication platforms. After the master’s programme, I feel I have developed new skills to face bigger challenges. Applying a marketing and business mind-set with an international flair, will be a characteristic of my work.
How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?
I am always eager to apply all of what I have learned, also outside the classrooms! So apart from listening to music and reading books, looking for extracurricular opportunities, such as workshops or volunteering work, is something I am always up to.
If you could give one piece of advice to a postgraduate student, what would it be?
Make the most of your experience! Be active in the classroom, participate in as many events as you can, learn from others during workshops, and network with people from different backgrounds at a daily basis. Also remember that there is always time to have little trips from time to time to get to know better London and other wonderful cities in the UK!