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BSc (Hons) Psychology

The Nervous Wait For Degree Results

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Since leaving Sunderland at the back end of May it has been a busy five weeks of work back at my local leisure centre for me. I have thrown myself into the job, racking up as many hours as I can possibly cram in, so as to alleviate the boredom and numb the pain of the tediously excruciating wait for my degree results.

I’m pretty sure that this coming Monday (July 1st) is d-day but I’m so nervous about the outcome that I haven’t even checked to confirm that yet. Even just writing about it has given me that horrible butterfly feeling in the pit of my stomach! It is very difficult to put any thoughts about my final mark to the back of my mind because every time I check Facebook or Twitter somebody somewhere seems to be talking about their own results!

I haven’t got any plans to celebrate my results should everything go to plan because I’m working all week but I’ll certainly make up for that following graduation. For now though if I’m not working, I’m at the gym or out running, it seems I will do literally anything to avoid thinking about opening that brown envelope next week.

Fingers crossed, I’ll get the mark I’ve been hoping for…




My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part IIII)

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The penultimate day of my work experience on the Sports Desk, at The Independent, in London brought plenty of work on match previews for Saturday’s paper!


My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part III)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Day three of my second week at the Independent was a little bit livelier than day two thankfully! There was plenty of talk in the office about the Madrid Vs Utd clash and I got stuck into more match previews.


My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part II)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

My second day back at The Independent was another quiet one for me! It can be frustrating sometimes when you’ve not had much to do all day, but I’m still learning all the time, listening to what people have to say, and enjoying being surrounded by award winning journalists!



My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part I)

Monday, February 11th, 2013

I’m back in London again this week for my second stint on the sports desk of the Independent newspaper. As I did back in November, I will be providing a day by day video diary of my time inside Northcliffe House and updating you all on my progress.

This is the final week of compulsory work placement that I’ll be doing for my degree at the University of Sunderland, and hopefully it’ll provide another fascinating learning curve for me.


Return To The Independent

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Next month I’ll be returning to the Independent to complete another week’s work placement down in London. As part of my News Practice module from the first semester, it’s compulsory for me to undertake two weeks of work experience at a newspaper, and having completed the first week back in November, I’ll soon be going back to do my second.

The ‘News Practice’ module is core for all journalism students who choose to take the ‘news route,’ as oppose to ‘magazine’ in their third year. All of us have to do the two week work placement in order to pass the module, but you get until May to go out and complete it, even though the classes end in December.

I have to say I’m really excited about getting back down to London and spending another week at The Independent. Not only is it important for passing the module, it also looks really good on my CV to have this experience under my belt.  That said, it is probably worth pointing out that I’m by no means the only one on the course to get a good placement, my house-mate Ross is also doing a few weeks at The Independent later this year and another friend of mine, Jamie, also spent time at the Indy in 2012. Different people on the course have got placements at the Daily Mail & The Guardian among others, which I guess can only reflect well on the quality of the teaching over at St Peters’ campus. We also had a lot of guidance and classes on how to write a quality CV, and how best to approach papers with regards to work experience.

I’m certainly of the belief that every little helps when it comes to getting a job and with graduation fast approaching, I’ll be taking every opportunity that comes my way to further enhance my CV. I’ve recently been looking at graduate jobs on the internet and in all honesty it scares me to death! But come what May, when my time at the University of Sunderland comes to an end, it’ll be time to face the real world and put everything I’ve learnt in the North East to practice!

For now though, I think I’ll concentrate on enjoying my final semester on Wearside! Hopefully it’ll be one to remember…


Work Placement At The Independent

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Now that I’m finished with University for 2012, I thought I’d upload the complete video diary of my time on work placement at The Independent, in London, back in November. Hopefully it provides a little insight into what it’s like working at a national newspaper. It was a fantastic opportunity and thoroughly enjoyable, it’s a really good part of the journalism courses here at Sunderland that you actually gain hands on experience.



Work Hard, Play Even Harder!

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

I’ve probably not blogged as much as I should have over the last few weeks but I have been ridiculously busy I can assure you all! This is the first full week I’ve spent in Sunderland for a month because I’ve been going home every weekend for one reason or another: my birthday, someone else’s birthday, to play football etc

Anyhow, this week I’ve remained on Wearside and plan on being up here in the North East until the Christmas break now! Apart from one week in mid-November that is… As part of my ‘Sports Writing’ module it is mandatory for me to complete a work placement, on the sports desk, at a newspaper and as luck would have it after polishing up my CV a little, I’ve managed to land a week at The Independent in London! This really isn’t bad going considering I threw in the towel with shorthand in my first year and missed my NCTJ exams last year due to studying abroad!

So that’s something I’m really looking forward to but am also equally nervous about! Whilst it will be great to work at a national newspaper for a week, it’ll also give me a good insight into whether or not I’m cut out to be a journalist or not. The Independent is based in Kensington which obviously isn’t too shabby of a place to be working and as I’ll be in a hotel down there for a week, I’ll be trying to see some of the sights as the only places I’ve visited in London have two sets of goalposts and four stands!

I’ve also spent time working on my personal project which is equivalent to what a dissertation would be on most courses. I am a massive Crewe Alexandra fan and so I have chosen to create a new supporters website for the club as my project. ‘The Gradian’  named after the legendary former Alex manager, Dario Gradi, will be launched imminently! I’ve had to conduct market research and extensively plan the layout of my website as well as trying to set up interviews with players and staff, past and present which has certainly been a challenge! But nonetheless I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and choosing something I’m so passionate about could yet prove to be a very shrewd move on my behalf. (I’m still looking for more people to do the survey for me. It takes two minutes and you don’t have to be a Crewe fan or male to take part and it would be massively helpful to me!) 

On Friday my housemates and I all went on the Route 69 Geeks and Freaks pub-crawl! It was a great laugh and gave us a much needed blow out even this early in the year! The Route 69 pub-crawls take place every few months and always have a different theme, you take in all the best pubs and clubs in the city and everyone usually ends up in quite a state by the end of it! It’s definitely well worth a go if you’ve never done it before!

Route 69 Geeks and Freaks

Me and Fletch on the Route 69 pub-crawl


I’ll be posting my first video diary soon, so stay tuned for that enthralling update!

Take care,



Student Profile:

  • Name: Jamie Baker
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Sports Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Crewe
  • Ambitions: To become a major sports journalist, travelling the world and reporting on all the major events.

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