"True Blood, Mad Men and Doctor Who are the stuff of most people's down-time. But TV was my day job - and my first day job at that. As if that wasn't enough, I was working in everyone's dream city: Paris. Every morning, after I brushed the croissant crumbs from my lips, I would catch the bus over the Seine and walk to our office on the Champs Elysées. In the mornings, I'd write up news stories; in the afternoons I'd write features or upload photos to the site. My evenings were either dedicated to catching up with new series, or exploring my new city. I applied to the job after a friend told me about it. He had worked on the website during his year abroad, and was still on the film desk when I arrived. Moving to Paris felt daunting and my salary wasn't a big incentive, but I loved writing about TV. I had tried to find work as a journalist in the UK and was disappointed when I thought I would have to give up my dream. But after Paris, I had buckets of ambition. I moved home for six weeks, then started an internship on a magazine in Dublin. When I got home, I found out it had all been worthwhile - I had been offered a place on a journalism Masters in London. Three capitals in a year! Aspiring journalists: say yes to every opportunity. New experiences make for the best and boldest writing."
ELLIE, CITY UNIVERSITY
"My first graduate job was a journalist for the Russian desk of a large broadcasting organisation. This was a wonderful experience because it was a free lance job, which means plenty of freedom but also plenty of responsibility in terms of how, what and when you do. The down side is the payment but this is more than offset by the vast amount of invaluable experience that you gain from working for such a brilliant organisation as the one where I work. What was the hardest thing? Perhaps confidence when you have to work with experienced journalists and producers who know ten times more than you and have ten years more experience. However, the organization where I work has an excellent working philosophy and the contact between juniors and seniors is informal and imbued with a unique intellectual curiosity and a sense of respect. I am extremely glad that I was able to work here. It was a great springboard for other career moves and helped me to equip myself with many universal skills of writing, presentation and research."
ALEXANDER, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
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