We often tell our students that it is a mistake to think that social media is free. It requires resources including skills, knowledge, and time, and time is definitely the Achilles’ heel when it comes to the DMC team updating our blog posts! Now we can commit to practicing what we preach by posting regular updates, thanks to the support and enthusiasm of our DMC students past and present, and the professional contributors to the course.
This month we kick off with a guest post from Corrine Heaney, who, having graduated with distinction from the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Media Communication, has come back for seconds by signing up to complete her Masters. Read what Corinne has to say about her experience of DMC below.
“They say ‘third times a charm’ and when it came to study this was true for me. I went back to university 5 years into working professionally and with a degree in Criminology and Masters in Human Rights Law under my belt. As Communications and Campaigns Co-ordinator for a large international NGO, I wanted a course that would be of personal interest, but that would be relevant and useful in my career.
My whole experience of learning this time around was different. Taught by a cross-disciplinary team of lecturers, it was the mix of theory, practice, discussion and links to business that made the course engaging and interactive. The fact that students are encouraged to ‘co-create’ the learning experience through sharing ideas and debating theories, models and businesses really helped me gain confidence in the subject area.
As ‘co-creators’ the teaching team became mentors, helping to support my career and personal growth, and I soon found myself starting to build connections outside my usual colleagues and sector groups, and developing digital networks as a space to continue learning outside class. They helped me find my passion, and encouraged me to embrace it! After completing the postgraduate certificate in 2013 I got a promotion in work, became an active member of Young Influencers http://www.younginfluencers.org a recently established network dedicated to promoting a new vision for NI, and made the giant step of producing my first feature film, having no experience of filmmaking before. More recently I have been supporting the independent film scene volunteering with Belfast’s independent short film festival Film Devour, working on producing my first short film whilst also engaging in discussions on the future of Northern Ireland and supporting the Connected Citizen’s Project with Hydebank College.
It was the DMC experience that exposed me to these opportunities and gave me the confidence to make the most of them. Naturally, as soon as I heard the Postgraduate Certificate was extended to a full Masters programme, I was eager to get back into the classroom – I am excited about the new possibilities my further learning in this area will bring.”
Follow Corrine @corrineheaney | www.corrineheaney.com