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Journalist

I left feeling confident. Before I went to university, I had no confidence. Everyone at Leeds Trinity had faith in me and believed in me.

Why I chose to attend Leeds Trinity

Leeds Trinity was my second choice, but when I visited the campus for an open day I fell in love, everyone was so welcoming.  When I didn't get into my first choice, I was upset, but it was honestly the best thing that could have happened to me and I am so glad I never got into my first choice.  

My best memories 

My whole three years at Trinity are littered with amazing memories. I don't think it really matters what you did, you would always have a great time. I have amazing friends who I will have for life, and Leeds is a great city to explore. 

The most important skills I left with

I left feeling confident. Before I went to university, I had no confidence. After being told by a few of my teachers at school that I would never be a journalist, I wasn't sure if I would make it. Everyone at Leeds Trinity had faith in me and believed in me. 

How my career has panned out since graduating?

Since graduating I have had my byline in The Mirror, the Express, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Telegraph and The Times. I have worked for ITV on several occasions and now I am really enjoying working at my local paper. I also now host my own mental health podcast in my spare time.

Katie Ridley graduating.

My proudest piece

I must have written hundreds of stories since graduating but one that has stuck out for me was a young girl who had serious cancer. She wanted help to fundraise so she could get a dog. Because of the article, someone came forward and gave her a dog. It was amazing, that's the reason I'm a journalist. Making a difference.  

The challenges in journalism 

The biggest challenge would have to be proving myself. I have worked on court cases that have taken weeks and I have wondered if I am doing a good enough job. I think that is probably the biggest challenge, always believing in yourself. 

My advice for anyone thinking about studying journalism at Leeds Trinity

Take every opportunity you get. Volunteer your time, help at your local newspaper or a community radio station. Make sure you take people's advice and always ask for help if you are stuck. 

My advice for final year students about to embark on their journalism career

My advice would be to never give up. No matter how hard it will get searching for a job, if you are passionate enough the right opportunity will come your way. ‚Äč