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Claire Simpson

Career Path: Digital Content Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University
Location: Manchester, UK

My undergraduate degree was in the field of film and TV production. After this I worked for the NHS as a Marketing and Communications Officer for a Pathology laboratory. I developed my skills and knowledge within a working environment, however, I wanted to further my content and multimedia skills with digital marketing skills. I came to Northumbria where I completed my MSc. After this I worked for Northumbria University in several roles working on content, social media and video. Wanting to return closer to home, I moved to Manchester Metropolitan University where I work on creating content for primarily social media. I now make videos, animations and occasionally work as a photographer.

What are you doing now?

I work as a Digital Content Creator for the Content Team of one of the largest universities (by student population) in the country. My role looks after the management and content creation of social media. The highlight of my time in Manchester is interviewing Arya Stark or creating a series of Halloween themed academic interviews.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The city of Newcastle was a huge draw for me. I had heard that the city and locals were incredibly friendly and quite safe. The other thing was how the course addressed all desires that I required from a masters programme. Finally, when I applied, the staff and academics bent over backwards to allow me to get everything done on time. I was in Germany and then China but attending, therefore making the application rather difficult.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria was great. The course offered a great mixture of seminars, lectures and days out. It had a really nice balance.

How connected was your course with industry?

The lecturers would send opportunities over whenever they had them, which seemed to be quite regularly, especially towards the end of the course. I had an internship at an agency and worked for the University part-time as a Digital Content Creator.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the course was how diverse and wealthy the range of experiences were of the students I met. I worked with people who came from artistic backgrounds, science and geography, as well as people who had marketing experience like myself. I also had the opportunity to learn from international students, one of which had a successful business!

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It took me to a new level of roles I was eligible for. It also made me hungry to keep learning, especially after seeing the huge benefits of learning so much in one year.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Some of the more technical skills such as Google Analytics and social media have definitely stood me in good stead. However, the soft skills such as collaborative working and working diversely have helped support my long-term career.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

People. Nothing in life works without amazing people. My dissertation supervisor was incredibly driven and supportive of my project. My fellow Digital Content Creators were creative. My class mates aimed for a brighter future and lastly, my colleagues kept me going with their humour and amazing talents.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Do it, give it everything and make the world your playground. It's not as easy in the world of work.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

 Creative, inspiring and fun.

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