As a journalist, Francesca learnt that you do not always get to write about what you like. Having worked in different formats and outlets through her degree, she gave up a paid role as a business reporter, to take up a freelance position as a video producer at The Sun.
She said, “When I left a full-time job for a freelance position I was scared as I didn’t know what to expect, but I followed my heart and I am glad I did. Although working in a newsroom is not always easy, I feel I am being my authentic self and doing what comes naturally.
“I am proud of my journey at UEL. I believe I wouldn’t have been able to achieve these results if I hadn’t continuously worked during these three years.
“The best thing about studying at UEL is its diversity. All the support I received from staff at UEL has been essential both for my academic results and my mental health.
“Moving to a foreign country on my own, being away from my family, continuously working –sometimes even two jobs at the time – while studying to maintain myself has not been easy, but it has been possible thanks to the continuous support and guidance of my lecturers and staff at UEL.”
Professor Simon Robertshaw, dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries, said, “Creative industries in the UK is the fastest growing sector in the economy and we are based in the creative capital of the world – London. At the University of East London, we strive to provide our students with strong industry links – placements, collaborations and staff with real industry experience. This is part of our careers-first education.
“Francesca is a wonderful example of how our courses create some of the key talent that is helping shape the future of the UK’s creative economy.”