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Roxanne Clements

Roxanne ClementsMarketing & PR Assistant, Fraser Muir Holdings Ltd

BA Creative and Media Writing, 2010

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University as it had been recommended by a previous student, was within a commutable distance and the Creative and Media Writing course was perfect for me.

What course did you study?

A BA (Hons) in Creative and Media Writing.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply? 

It sounded more suited to me than English Literature and I knew I wanted to write for a living.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

Fiction and novel writing, and my work placement in Cyprus.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

The wonderful people I met and the beautiful Trent Park campus.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Make the most of what the university has to offer – I wish I did. Commuting from Bedford preventing me from joining in with the university magazine and other activities.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

My writing skills are of a high standard which is required for my job. My job involves a lot of copy writing for marketing mailings, social media, websites and 'point of sale' material.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

I have an interest in the industry. It is great to work with products that I understand and use regularly, but it is a very competitive market.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

I went from part-time to full-time at the shop I worked at during my studies, and offered to set up their social media and create their 'point of sale' material. This experience led me to where I am now.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

Right now we are launching a new brand into the UK market and it is great to play a huge part in that.

What does the future hold for you?

I hope to work for myself, offering marketing consultation to other businesses and try my hand at writing a novel.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

The dream job may not come right away but it will arrive when you're ready for it.

Sometimes you can find your niche without even realising it. I never wanted to go into marketing – it was an accident but I love it.

Don't get stuck in a rut, don't feel loyal to an employer then feel bad about leaving for a better job. It's not a good place to be!

What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Don't worry so much about money, don't work three part-time jobs – it affects your studies! Don't commute such a long way – why not stay on campus? Things would have been much better if I had.

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