This week, my course has been undertaking the ‘PIP’ module – Professional Industrial Practice. Although it has an incredibly dull title, the module so far has been anything but!
To begin with, I must point out that not every course includes this incredibly useful module. Within the media department, there are a number of courses which do have PIP in some shape or form (Media Advertising being one of them). I have no idea about the other departments, but I’m guessing they’ll include something along the same lines.
Basically, I’ve had a week to ponder my future career in great, gory detail. From guest speakers to CV workshops, the sessions have been all about planning, researching and listening to some brilliant industry figures talking about their own colourful careers. We’ve had Neil Dawson, from ad agency DDB London, and Stuart Maconie, former NME editor / current BBC Radio 2 presenter / Edge Hill graduate to name a couple.
Listening to these chaps deliver their own stories has really inspired me this week and got me thinking about how much I really, really want a career that’s even half as good as their own. If I can come back to Edge Hill in 20 years time and inspire a lecture theatre full of eager students in the same way as they did me, I’ll know I’ve ‘made it’.
Anyway, Stuart told us all he’d be on Radio 2 later in the evening, so I decided to have a listen, mainly just to point out to my girlfriend that the person we were listening to was stood in front of me a couple of hours earlier. I didn’t dream I’d get a shout-out!
For your own sheer curiosity, I’ve uploaded the clip. Click the link below to have a listen!