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Case Study: Elena

Personal details
Degree:Film Studies and German Profile picture
School(s): School of Modern Languages, School of Philosophy, Anthropology & Film Studies
Year of Graduation:Jun-2010
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Ayr RFC
Job title: Freelance Writer
Occupational Sector: Journalism
What has been your route to getting your current position?
I began writing film and TV reviews for two small newspapers in the south-west of Scotland, the Carrick Gazette and the Galloway Gazette, in 2008, shortly before starting my third year at St Andrews. I approached the editor, looking for some summer work experience, but ended up writing throughout the rest of my degree and for a year after graduation. As well as filing over 100 reviews (including literary, theatre and classical concerts), I also covered events such as the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry and the inaugural Boswell Book Festival. I am currently doing press and media for one of Scotland's best amateur rugby clubs, Ayr RFC.
What does your job involve ?
Ayr RFC is an ambitious club with many international links, so I make sure their website content is up-to-date. I attend home games and write match reports, and try to provide relevent information for supporters, sponsors and those who attend social functions at the club. I continue to preview and review events such as the Royal Highland Show. I hope to get back to film reviewing in the near future, and write fiction for young adults.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Being a freelance writer means I can write about anything at all! I have been able to indulge my passion for cinema and introduce a wide rural readership to an even wider range of films and TV programmes. A personal highlight was interviewing the actor Bill Paterson.
Why were you successful?
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
I doubt I would have been given a start in journalism without the knowledge I acquired from the Film Studies department. My written and verbal communication skills greatly improved over the four years of my degree. Film Studies encouraged the use of original ideas and independent thought, as well as exposing me to hugely varied films, directors and writers, and teaching me the significance of cinema and the film industry to society.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?