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'Perseverance was key to landing my dream job.'

Sam Ashoo stands in front of Melwood

Sam Ashoo studied Journalism at Sheffield Hallam. His placement at Sheffield United inspired him to pursue a dream career.

"I wasn’t sure what to study at uni, but as an avid football fan I thought sports writing or broadcasting would be a good option. Sheffield Hallam had the perfect opportunity in their Journalism course.

"I loved the freedom of the course, as well as the placement opportunities. I shadowed Sheffield United's media team, and it inspired me to pursue broadcast journalism as a serious career path.

"After graduation, I was rejected for a couple of full-time positions. I moved home to Lincoln to try freelancing - this was really useful in developing my experience.

"Eventually, I saw a position at Liverpool Football Club. I applied for the job and was successful!

"It's been the most enjoyable years of my life. I started off as an assistant producer, cutting highlights and writing scripts. Now I'm a reporter - I interview first team players and present shows from the studio.

"Freelancing, persevering and building up your experience for CVs, portfolios and showreels is essential. It's really hard to get a full-time position in journalism straight out of uni - so don't ever feel down when you get rejected. Keep pushing yourself and always approach people."

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