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Worcester Graduate Credits Journalism Course After Being Awarded Prestigious Graduate Opportunity

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A University of Worcester Journalism graduate is midway through a year of prestigious business placements after being named as one of two Birmingham Graduate Apprentice winners.

Dan Malin, from Stourbridge, beat nearly 200 applicants to be selected by the judging panel of the Birmingham Future scheme, which launched in 2006 and gives skilled graduates the opportunity to work for some of the region’s top businesses.

The 21 year-old made it through two rounds of interviews to make the final ten of the 2013 competition, and impressed judges during the final stage, which saw the ten remaining candidates deliver a presentation on themselves before being interviewed for a final time.

Dan explains: “Throughout the interview process, I outlined my interest in Marketing and Communications, because I believed that, with it being quite a business-orientated scheme, there wouldn’t be too many journalists in the running, and that this would be a good way to make myself stand out.

“I also played to this strength in the final presentation, by creating a newspaper about myself and giving a copy to each of the four interviewers.”

Since being named as one of the two winners, Dan has been able to further use these skills during a placement at the Birmingham Sports and Physical Activity Partnership.

“In the time I’ve been here I have been able to create adverts, marketing campaigns, press releases and new stories for the website, as well as building new communication links with athletes, businesses, volunteer organisations and sports clubs,” he said.

“After this placement, I move on to a brand design agency called Orb, and then complete a further placement at Fleetmilne, which is a property agency.”

Dan believes the opportunity has given him an ‘incredible platform’ from which to develop his interests and build his career, and he credits his time on the University of Worcester’s Journalism programme for giving him the skills and the confidence to make the most of the chance.

“The University of Worcester, and the Journalism course in particular, encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone,” he explains.

 “That has been invaluable so far, and has prepared me for being thrust into situations, having to think on your feet and make yourself comfortable in any given scenario.

“The work experience I was able to access throughout the course has been hugely important as well because I referenced a lot of that experience during my interviews, and I’m sure that was a factor in me getting the job.”

Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism, said: "Dan seized every opportunity to take part in extra activities while on the course and has an impressive CV.

“We encourage our students to get involved with industry and the wider community from their first year and it does help when they eventually graduate."

To find out more about the Graduate Apprentice Scheme, visit www.birminghamfuture.co.uk/graduate-apprentice