More about Ikea Francesca
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“What I enjoy most about my course are the modules, as they have allowed me to develop a deeper theoretical understanding of a variety of topics and concepts. The course has allowed me to develop key transferable skills such as leadership, communication, delegation and prioritisation. I frequently use these skills for my assignments, video production projects and work placements.”
What do you think about the course staff? How do they support your learning and University experience?
“The lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff have played an important role in my development. They provide feedback on my assignments, share words of encouragement and advice on how to improve my video editing, essay writing and research skills.”
Has the course included any trips or guest speakers – if so can you talk about ones you found the most useful?
“For the second year module ‘Theorising the Screen’, I went on a trip to the British Film Institute in London for the 'Black Star' event that celebrates the range, versatility and power of black actors. The trip provided excellent examples of film analysis which were fundamental for my assignment.”
Could you please explain more about your current / recent placement, and what you did during this time?
“During my second year, I took the 'Humanities at Work' module, which involved spending a minimum of thirty hours on voluntary work placement. I undertook an internship at Museumand The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, working as a Videographer, Interviewer and Video Editor.
“It was my responsibility to provide them with an understanding of what video production involves, as well as providing them with an awareness of my production abilities. I met my work placement providers many times, exchanged countless emails and phone calls to arrange the video project.
“The actual filming began once I completed the pre-production aspects, this included: establishing the final ideas, confirming dates, times, locations and arranging filming equipment. On the filming days even though I was working in a busy environment, I got the job done with the help of the student volunteers I recruited. This work placement was progressively demanding and challenging to complete as I had other commitments to my studies. However, I am pleased that I took this opportunity as I learnt many valuable lessons, which I can implement to benefit the outcomes of future video production projects.”
Did NTU help you to attain your placements? If so, how?
“Yes, NTU did help me immensely, mostly the Employability Team. I attended a CV Development Session; the team were intrigued with my achievements at the time and gave valuable advice on transforming my CV into a skills-based CV. I exchanged emails with an Employability Team member who guided me through the process of creating a cover letter for my work placement application.
“They helped submit my application through InPlace and connected me with my work placement provider, which made the first meeting go smoothly. They were present from start to finish, which was not only reassuring but made the experience even better than I had expected.”
What was the most interesting/enjoyable aspect of this placement and why?
“The most exciting aspect of this placement was the organisation's ambition to use video production, as a method towards promoting their Museum without walls. I produced content that documented the lives of various Caribbean residents living in Nottingham and their travel stories from Jamaica to the U.K.
“Simultaneously, Museumand the National Caribbean Heritage Museum worked with Notts TV on their television series. It was intriguing to see how an organisation could use video production to gain public awareness. I also enjoyed interacting with a variety of different people and realised that I prefer to work in challenging environments. While completing my work placement, I observed as much as I could and recognised that I would like to produce video content and work collaboratively on a wide range of video projects in the future.”
What skills have you gained by completing this placement?
“The work placement not only allowed me to utilise, develop, and improve my existing creative and interpersonal skills but also, challenged me to increase my organisational and planning skills.
“I gained and improved on the various transferable skills that I had already attained through my studies. For instance, the skills I developed from my media practice modules gave me the opportunity to apply, experiment and improve my skills, while working towards completing my work placement.”
How will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?
“Transferable skills are essential to graduate employability; having attained these skills raises my chances of employment, setting me aside from others in the field. The skills I obtained through my work placement not only shows who I am but also how I work. These skills will support my application for postgraduate study and additional video production projects, which will enhance my employability, helping me to achieve a good career in the media industry in the future.”