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Gayathri Kanaga Sundaram

Gayathri Kanaga Sundaram


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Our Journalism graduates have an excellent track record for employment after completing their course, this was certainly the case for Gayathri. 

Since graduation I managed to get some freelance work with BBC Radio Leeds after doing some work experience for them as part of the course and I'm having such a blast. They've been an amazing station to work for.

Why do you feel you got more than a degree by studying at Leeds Trinity?

I got more than a degree because not only did I get the skills needed to work in the world of Journalism, I got to show them off to the right people. One of the main factors of getting far in journalism is getting contacts, and while it is good to get as many contacts as you possible can, the most important thing is getting to know the right ones.

The lecturers at Leeds Trinity are great because they pointed me in the right direction and told me the people who I needed to impress. I believe it's that tutoring that has got me where I am now. 

What made you choose to attend Leeds Trinity and what are your best/funniest memories from your time here?

I honestly didn't want to do a postgraduate degree at first because I had already done a Journalism degree previously (at a different University) and felt I had done enough. However, after some persuasion from family and friends I decided to return to education. I asked around some of my old University friends, plus people who I did work experience with and they all recommended the course at Leeds Trinity. I applied and within two months, I got the place. 

My first highlight of the course was definitely Journalism Week because I got to meet so many incredible Journalists - especially Alex Brooker! 

However, the biggest highlights were definitely doing Yorkshire Voice and other bulletins. They were absolutely tiring but they were such incredible experiences, I learnt not only so much about Journalism, but also a lot about myself.

As for funny moments, there are too many to count! 

What have you done since graduation and what is your current job?

Since graduation I managed to get some freelance work with BBC Radio Leeds after doing some work experience for them as part of the course and I'm having such a blast. They've been an amazing station to work for. 

What advice would you give to this year's graduates about to embark on their careers?

It sounds really cheesy, but be yourself. You don't have to be a certain type of person to be a Journalist. You just need to work the necessary skills of Journalism around your personality, as well as working hard.

Plus, when you're trying to interview people or networking, people will admire and keep in touch if you are genuine. 

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

The dream would be to get a full-time job at Radio Leeds because I really love working for them. However I'm really happy with the way things are going now, I hope it continues this way and hopefully it all goes uphill from here.