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Jacob Cox BSc Marketing with Placement Year 2018

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My time at Southampton has allowed me to pursue my interests and apply them to my degree. There are so many opportunities to do what you love here.

Having completed school in New Zealand, I was always keen on returning to the UK for university. Southampton stood out for me because the city is in a great location, and the course offered exactly what I wanted.

My time in the student filmmaking society has probably been my main highlight so far. I’ve always been interested in film and editing, and the skills I’ve learnt have been helpful to me in my placement year. My placement so far has been great, I’ve learnt so much and I’m working with some great people.

I'd say the extracurricular activities I've done during my time at Southampton have gone hand in hand with my degree. The filmmaking society has allowed me to improve on my video editing and camera skills. My placement has allowed me to gain a better understanding of analytics, time management and organisation, as well as a long list of things that I couldn’t fit on this page! 

My placement year has been my favourite part of my course, as it’s allowed me to reinforce the theory from my course in a practical environment. I've been able to learn a variety of skills that I never expected to when I first started that will definitely come in handy when I graduate. I think it's amazing how much clearer theory becomes when put into practice, my placement has prepared me well for my final year and beyond.

In my first year I was able to study German as an optional module. I really enjoyed being able to study a module that was outside my subject area.

My interest in film and editing has encouraged me to want to pursue a career in video production. Video is a crucial area of modern business, and quality videos go a long way to improving the activities of a business. I feel that the marketing theory I have learnt has given me a base of critical business knowledge that I can combine with my interests to succeed in my future career.

My main piece of advice to new students is, if there's something you want to have a go at, whether that's a society or picking up a new skill, just go for it, you might open doors you never thought possible.


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