Advice to media students: start a new project now (here are five tips)

So you’re on vacation from university? Great! Party time!

(Can I get an invite?)

Here’s a secret: your prospective future employer will be much more interested in the things you did on your own initiative than the stuff you were forced to do in class.

I know from experience that this is particularly true in media. So if you’re a media student you should set up a new project to show what you can do and learn something new.

There are loads of free tools, the laptop and phone you already have will do fine as your equipment, and you can market for free on Facebook and Twitter.

You’ve got time on your hands, even if you’re working at the supermarket to make some beer money. My brother (no longer a student) works long hours but still made this short film a few weeks ago. So what are you going to do?

You can do anything. Make your own short film. Write an article for a local magazine or for your favourite website. Learn to code (you seriously need to do this if you can’t already). Choose a target (e.g. doubling your Twitter followers before uni restarts) and record the process of trying to achieve it. Set up a rival to (your mum will be so proud).

Here are five tips to get you started:

1. Don’t do anything that doesn’t end up on the internet – the internet makes it easy to show people what you’re up to, now and forever after

2. Buy this month’s Wired magazine – there’s always a £50 voucher for Google AdWords in there for you to use as marketing money + to learn about AdWords, which is how Google makes all of its money; it costs £3.99 so you make a profit of £46.01

3. Contact 5 people who have done something similar before – ask them for advice; tell each of them that you think their work is cool and you should get at least one reply

4. Tell all your friends about what you’re doing – most won’t be interested, but by telling lots of people about your project you’ll get really good at explaining it simply and quickly, which is vital to get helpful people on board

5. Write down 10 ideas, then start immediately on the best one – don’t wait for the muse to descend or you’ll never get anything done

That’s it. Let me know how you get on. And good luck!



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Author: toddmgreen

I really like making internet projects. I work on apps, games and websites at a TV company. I write stuff, make stuff, and accidentally break stuff. You should probably follow me on Twitter - @toddmgreen.

2 Replies to “Advice to media students: start a new project now (here are five tips)”

  1. This is great advice Todd! I am going to share it with all of my media and MBA students at Bournemouth University, who are just about to enter the job market.

    I once had an interview at Ubisoft for a marketing position. The thing they were most interested about was a video game blog I started that got around 1000 visitors per day.

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