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Jack Mooney

"Ravensbourne was an introduction to the next collaborative generation of industry professionals."

Course: BA (Hons) Digital Television Production

Year of Graduation: 2016

What appealed to you about Ravensbourne and your chosen degree course?

The name "Ravensbourne" was talked about by industry professionals where I came from. After conducting some research whilst applying to universities, I noticed that Ravensbourne was starting a new television course which really appealed to me. I was interested in finding out more about the technical equipment and what the course had to offer. After the interview and being given a tour of Ravensbourne's facilities I knew I had found the right university for me.

How has your degree from Ravensbourne helped you achieve your professional goals?

My degree has opened doors and helped me to build a portfolio of skills whilst working. I found that networking with other students and tutors was extremely useful, and led to me getting jobs in the TV industry at the BBC and London Live whilst at Ravensbourne. 

What were the benefits that you experienced from studying with us?

The benefits that I found whilst studying at Ravensbourne were: the equipment we used on our degree course was the industry standard. Having industry professionals who came in to give lectures on their specialist fields, this was a great way of creating new contacts. Collaboratively working with other courses to create content for projects and assignments, Ravensbourne gives you the opportunity to discover and learn on your own and to also collaborate for maximum benefit. 

Please list any highlights from your time at Ravensbourne?

There are many highlights from my time at Ravensbourne including working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where we directed a live show from the heart of Ravensbourne to hundreds of school children across the country, with professional BBC presenters. The Degree Show was also something that I was proud to be part of. All students from all disciplines collaborating together to show off our work to industry professionals and the public. 

How is Ravensbourne (and your chosen course) different from other creative institutions?

I knew Ravensbourne and the DTV course was right for me, at the interview I caught the buzz. Later on that week, I attended other universities with similar courses, but they didn't feel right. The reason I chose Ravensbourne was because I knew I would be using industry standard equipment and there would be opportunities to learn from experienced tutors and guest lecturers who work in my chosen industry.

Are you working at the moment?

I am currently a Studio Manager for the BBC in London. My job involves mixing live news based radio programmes, including Radio 1’s Newsbeat, programmes on the Asian Network, the World Service and also Radio 4 and 5. One of my current managers approached me during my final year at Ravensbourne after I applied for the job during the summer which led to part time work throughout my final year mixing live radio programmes for BBC Arabic. In my role I also work with the news channels, BBC World News and BBC London.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Get as much experience as you can in and out of university, it will help with your future career opportunities. When meeting key individuals, make sure you keep in contact with them, they can help with your studies and even open some doors for you in the future.


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