30, Kinross
HND Creative Industries: Radio​

“I didn’t always know I wanted to work in Radio.

“Before studying at Fife College, I worked for 3 years as an animator on the Greek Island of Rhodes. My boss out there used to be a Radio Presenter on the Isle of Man, and so I quizzed him about it. It caught my imagination straight away and I decided that once I'd done my time there, I would head back to college to learn more about the industry. As soon as I was a few weeks into the course, I knew I’d made the right decision and that it was what I wanted to do.

“I studied for 2 years at the college and the course really helped me learn some of the technical aspects involved. Every station has different software, but for the generic stuff it gave me an idea of what to expect. It was also a real confidence builder, being able to do shows on the community station ‘K-Town’.

“I really enjoyed creating shows from nothing, and being given the freedom to choose pretty much any subject, so you were able to incorporate other passions in life into the course.

“I think the HND course allows for really good baseline knowledge for heading out into the industry, and it also allows you to connect with other radio professionals before setting out into the big wide world of work.

“I think the course is a great way to get a taste of the radio industry, and is an asset to anyone's CV.

“After completing the course, I secured a job with the traffic and travel company INRIX, who broadcast travel reports on independent commercial stations throughout Scotland, as well as more national stations such as Talksport, along with BBC stations throughout England and Wales.

“I then moved on to work with Bauer media, and managed to secure a spot presenting the traffic and travel on Forth 1. I’ve been there for the last two and a half years.

“Alongside my work at Forth and INRIX, I've also covered the breakfast show on Tay FM, and have more recently been covering shows on Radio Borders, and Forth 1.

“My long term goal is to secure a spot on a breakfast show, but it's all about taking the opportunities thrown at you along the way and being prepared to travel to wherever the work is! The great thing about Radio is that you never really know what's coming next – it’s such an exciting industry to be involved in!”

You can find out more about HND Creative Industries: Radio, as well as the other excellent Creative Media courses offered at Fife College, by visiting the courses section of our website.

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