Leyla is from Jakarta in Indonesia and has been with Leeds Beckett since she started her International Foundation Year course five years ago. She then went on to study BA (Hons) Journalism and MA Public Relations & Strategic Communications. Leyla talks about her experience below...
Why I chose to study a masters
For the kind of work I want to do, having PR experience is a must and doing a masters would boost my chances of getting the job I want. After my undergraduate degree, it seemed only natural to do my masters at Leeds Beckett – especially as the university has one of the best reputations for PR education.
I also had a great experience on my undergraduate course and I felt comfortable in Leeds and at Leeds Beckett so it made sense to come back.
My Journalism course
One of the best things about my course is that all the lecturers have worked in the industry and are able to give us first-hand knowledge of what it is like to be a journalist.
I gained lots of opportunities to experience journalism first hand. This included interviewing and taking pictures of celebrities at the Mobo Awards and live news days in which we worked as a team writing up stories from reporters and producing them for a live TV news broadcast at the end of the day.
The practical experience I can put on my CV will help me find jobs, not just back home, but in other countries as well. There have been many opportunities to get involved with so many things on both my undergraduate and postgraduate course. This has ranged from interviewing celebrities at the Mobo Awards to practical experience and group work – which is essential if you want to work in journalism or PR.
BA (Hons) Journalism
Living in Leeds
I love that Leeds is such a student-friendly city with so many people from different countries - you always get to meet interesting people. There are always events going on in the city centre such as Light Night, the Christmas Market and the International Film Festival – the kind of art events I’m really interested in. The city is also very affordable and cheaper to live than many other UK cities.
I’m really interested in doing writing and photography and I like the idea of working in the travel industry as a journalist. I’m keeping my options open as doing a masters in PR will open more doors for me in the areas such the media or social media.