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    I have been going through Personal Statements all week, as it's the first deadline for UCAS! I am sure people here know that. But it's clear to me that some people are putting down 'digital media' but not being specific about what that means or where you want to end up!

    I used to be the BBC's Online Communities Editor (Social Media) and did websites before that, and before that worked for BBC Radio. Then moved to academia after doing a PhD. So have been round that territory for many years. Now researching in digital media (...but...um...what's that?).

    The fact that careers services have been cut has been a disaster in my opinion, particularly for The Creative Industries. It's hard for prospective students to know what courses or fields of study to go for. There's so much there.

    My advice is to be really clear about where you want to end up, and if you don't know that, then just put down the type of lifestyle you want e.g. 'I want to work in London with creative people in the field of fashion' is a helpful guide to academic staff who are looking at CVs. Maybe you could put 'I love working in teams, and am passionate about YouTube and Websites'...that helps us know what you are interested in.

    Good luck! I'll pop in a bit to see if I can help anyone or answer general questions who is interested in studying e.g. Digital Design, Games Design, Sound Design, Web Design, Visual Effects, Digital Marketing, or anything else in the area of 'digital'! I agree, it's very confusing.
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    (Original post by Lizzie Jackson)
    Hi,

    I have been going through Personal Statements all week, as it's the first deadline for UCAS! I am sure people here know that. But it's clear to me that some people are putting down 'digital media' but not being specific about what that means or where you want to end up!

    I used to be the BBC's Online Communities Editor (Social Media) and did websites before that, and before that worked for BBC Radio. Then moved to academia after doing a PhD. So have been round that territory for many years. Now researching in digital media (...but...um...what's that?).

    The fact that careers services have been cut has been a disaster in my opinion, particularly for The Creative Industries. It's hard for prospective students to know what courses or fields of study to go for. There's so much there.

    My advice is to be really clear about where you want to end up, and if you don't know that, then just put down the type of lifestyle you want e.g. 'I want to work in London with creative people in the field of fashion' is a helpful guide to academic staff who are looking at CVs. Maybe you could put 'I love working in teams, and am passionate about YouTube and Websites'...that helps us know what you are interested in.

    Good luck! I'll pop in a bit to see if I can help anyone or answer general questions who is interested in studying e.g. Digital Design, Games Design, Sound Design, Web Design, Visual Effects, Digital Marketing, or anything else in the area of 'digital'! I agree, it's very confusing.
    My dream is to go into a digital marketing or digital design related job. I'm looking to study Digital Media at Portsmouth Uni starting this september, do you reckon this is the right course for my future goal?
 
 
 
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