My Career Journey So Far - Emma-Rose.


My Career Journey So Far

I realised from around the age of 15 that I wanted a career in the media industry.

It all clicked for me during one summer when I went along to a local music festival. It was very small at the time and set up by some close family friends. I absolutely loved it. I was drawn to the exciting and busy atmosphere and I knew from that moment that I needed to be a part of this.

The following year I went back after being given the opportunity to interview different artists to publish on the festival social channels. As someone who loves to plan and organise, this was right up my street!

I was lucky enough to meet such talented artists but also experience first hand all of the organisation behind setting up an event like this. The following year I set up a media team to represent the festival, using the various contacts I’d made and getting my friends involved with setting up interviews and filming content. I was in my element, I loved every moment of it! It was my work at the festival that formed the basis of my experience in the media industry and it played a huge factor in where I am today.

In the meantime I was making my way through college and applied to University. I was accepted onto a media course in London. However I’d recently been very ill for almost half the year and the idea of leaving home felt a little too daunting for me. So I made an extremely last minute decision to stay at home in Leicester and study marketing and media at my local university, De Montfort.


The following year worked out to be my most challenging yet. I had a lot going on, that implicated both my home life, work and my health. Focusing on my career goals acted as a bit of a distraction and kept me motivated. So, after my first year of university I made the decision to live in Manchester for a month during summer break to get some work experience at a broadcast media company. Looking back now, this was totally out of my comfort zone. It was my first experience of working in a busy office environment and I remember feeling so overwhelmed. I was living in the cheapest student accommodation I could find, in a new city and experiencing completely new things.

Following my second year of university we had the opportunity to take out a placement year - a year working for a company as an intern. At the time, none of my friends were going for it, but I thought I’d try my luck and build on my experience!

I applied for two roles, one of which was for a car company that my mentor encouraged me to apply for (however, I quickly realised that this was not for me). My second application was for a role at a pretty big film studio. It felt a bit of a long shot but I love film and the role sounded perfect for me!

I was accepted! I couldn’t quite believe it at the time. I was going to move to London, meet and live with completely new people and work for a great film company.

So a few months later, I moved to London and I had the most amazing year. My role was within the publicity team, and I can’t emphasise enough how much I developed as a person thanks to this experience. As someone who has (and continues) to struggle with confidence, pushing myself to do something completely out of my comfort zone massively helped me to become the person I am today. It was without a doubt one of the best years.

After a year, I had to leave the working London life and head back home for final year of University. Final year was tough - one of the biggest stresses I found was trying to juggle both your university work but also job applications and interviews. Even though I miss elements of University, I could never do third year again!

I graduated university with a First Class Honours in Marketing and Media and I was also awarded student of the year for my course which I was so proud of. It had been a great four years but I was ready to set this part of my life aside and work towards my next challenge - my career!

I’m now working in the marketing team for a radio company. I would still say I’m unsure about what I want to achieve over the next few years; however, I’ve been working in radio for almost a year now and I’m loving it - so I guess this is a start, right?