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Students get media training for employability

Lucky AHSS students have been availing of valuable media training, made possible through support from the Queen’s Annual Fund.

Last year, 11 non-vocational AHSS students from across six different subject areas completed the training, which involved the development of a variety of communications skills which are in high demand in today’s workplace.

The success of the programme was recognised by AHECS (Association of Higher Education Careers Services) at the Annual Employability Awards in Dublin on 27 April past where it was awarded ‘Highly Commended Large Service’.

The MEDIA programme was also recognised by the Queen’s Student Union Education Awards, where it won ‘Employability Champion’.

As part of the scheme, the students met with and gained insights from media professionals from a range of organisations, including BBC NI, AV Browne, Belfast City Council, the NI Probation Board and of course Queen’s itself. Participants covered areas such as traditional PR, broadcast and print journalism, digital marketing, corporate communications, drafting a marketing campaign and practical skills such as filming and editing.

Along the way, participants produced four newsletters, wrote blogs and established their own social media channels.

The success of the pilot programme means MEDIA will run again in 2017-2018, with 12 AHSS students already recruited and visits to the Irish Parliament and Google Dublin pencilled in to the calendar. We wish them the best of luck!