Finanda Rachmaulida Pratiwi

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Finanda is a current student at Loughborough University London studying Digital Creative Media


My journey to Loughborough University London

Please tell us about your path to Loughborough University London. Where did you study before and what subjects did you take? Did your previous learning experiences influence your decision to study further?

After graduating with a Bachelor of business administration, I worked as a Journalist and Producer for 5 years. During my career journey, I realised that understanding economics and finance was problematic for some people. Those extensive experiences reinforced my goal to build my digital media business, focusing on economics and finance content in 2019. However, first, I must enlarge my digital media and technology knowledge to create a sustainable start-up and stand out in the social network. Loughborough University London offers a range of opportunities to develop my media and digital technology expertise. Pursuing a master's degree at Loughborough University London will allow me to make more valuable connections, gain professional skills, give me an in-depth understanding of my speciality and foster personal development. As a result, I will become a better problem solver and more efficiently tackle complex projects, particularly to develop my start-up business.

Why did you decide to study at Loughborough University London? Also, what inspired you to apply for the course that you chose?

Loughborough University London offers me many opportunities and career support to keep the balance between theoretical and practical knowledge. One of the most exciting parts is the 3 block teaching module system; it allows me to focus on one module in a month and learn the module comprehensively without feeling overwhelmed. I decided to study MSc in digital Creative Media to enlarge my expertise in digital technologies. Through its core module, I could enhance my skills in audio-visual conferencing, streaming & broadcast applications, and synchronisation requirements. The course also provides appealing option modules to identify the importance of innovative changes in digital media and creative industries, analyse the shift in digital media consumption behaviours, and explore emerging IoT platforms. 

My Loughborough University London Experience

How has the teaching in your institution at Loughborough University London helped further your knowledge of your subject?

Every lecture gives me a new concept to drive my knowledge in digital media, technology, and the creative industry; it encourages me to learn some theories by delving into my perspective through some study case exploration. The teaching method, presentation, and discussion during the class enable me to connect the dots on the importance of utilising new technology in the media industry.

What interesting things are you learning?  Is there a particularly good project/ work that you participated in?

I’m always curious about AI and the metaverse; here, Loughborough University London provides me with some knowledge about those elements. In another module, I learnt how to produce my podcast! Sounds exciting, right? I interviewed people, connected my resources with the module, and transferred it to my own podcast. The assignment empowered me to go beyond and think out of the box to transform what I learnt from the module into appealing work. Moreover, I joined the Student Ambassadors team, which helped me to network and get involved in some exciting events while assisting other students in getting to know the university.

Please tell us about any support that you received from your institute staff

Studying for a Master's in the UK can be challenging because, within one year, I have to research and prepare myself to get a job and find internship opportunities in London. I met senior career consultant Ruth Cherrington to help me with my career path after graduation. She helped me to redesign my CV and cover letter. I could figure out how to advertise myself with my experiences inside and outside the university. She gave me some advice to support my dreams and listen to my challenge, and she was just like a friend who could help me to reach my goals.

What did you think of the social atmosphere on the campus and what was your experience of living in London?

Studying at Loughborough University London gives me a warm-hearted feeling. I can get to know each other quickly within the campus and feel at home. As a postgraduate student, I must focus on my academics without distractions. The university provides me with a quiet and comfortable area to study and socialise with other students. Moreover, if I need to refresh, I can walk with my friends to the Canalside. It is such a perfect combination to focus inside and feel energised when going outside the campus. Living in London also opens many opportunities to network and socialise! I could join some free events and do some voluntary work. London is a diverse city with many good places and tourist attractions that I can explore. Living here for a one-year master's degree would never be boring. The university's location is strategic, and you can go on a one-day trip from London to the countryside.

What piece of advice would you give to prospective students looking to undertake the programme that you studied?

  • 3 block teaching modules help to balance your study life and keep focus. So, take this opportunity to dig dive into your subject and plan your time to support academic life with practical knowledge from outside the university 

  • Plan your assignment and start to work as soon as possible, so you can enjoy your free time to relax and travel. Make a daily priority to work on your assignment and make your own deadline!  

  • Don't just learn inside the class; you can explore many events supporting your study through Future Space and other events. 

  • Last but not least, take advantage of being a Londoner. Expand your network through free events in London; spend your time strolling around London, and be Fun! Studying for a master's degree in the UK can feel overwhelming. Therefore, after graduation, you will realise how important it is to manage your time. Consequently, you will gain new skills such as time management and analytical skills.  

Looking to the future

What do you plan to do in the future and how will your Loughborough University London degree help you achieve that?

In my short-term plan, I will apply some skills and knowledge during my Master's journey by working in the media and creative industry. Loughborough University London provided me with theoretical and practical aspects to upskill my ability in the creative sectors, especially on how to utilise technology and analyse the market. In the long term, I would focus on increasing my digital media business by engaging in financial education content and developing financial product review websites in Indonesia. Consequently, I could contribute to increasing Indonesian financial literacy and build a digital-savvy ecosystem by transforming complexity into simplicity. As a digital technology institute student, there are a lot of opportunities for me to learn about technology and enhance my expertise in this area that the university offers to support my goals in the future.

What would be the one piece of advice that you would give to prospective students who are interested in studying at Loughborough?

Utilise the opportunity of being Loughborough University London to join Future Space and be involved in as many events as possible. It helps you to gain more networks and enhance your skills. In addition, Loughborough University London provides you with academic materials and allows you to find your path after graduation!