Dheepu Joboy George
Tell us a bit about your background…
I come from Kerala, southern part of India. I had been working with a technology start up in Singapore for the last three years after graduating with a degree in International Business. I spent thirteen years in Singapore since the age of 17 studying and working. During the course of my studies and career I spared time to write poems in English and Malayalam, articles related to cricket for sports websites, copy write for businesses etc. Over time appreciation for my writing began to pour from people known and unknown. The number of followers on my Instagram grew. I was advised to take up writing oriented jobs by many. Upon considerable deliberation, I realised journalism will suit my passion for writing and therefore decided to take up formal training without further ado.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Strathclyde?
The choice to study at the University of Strathclyde was straight forward. I looked up on university league tables for top ranking journalism institutions in UK with better value for money. University of Strathclyde has been performing well on rankings for many years finding a spot in the top 10 consistently. Moreover, the journalism course offered at postgraduate level is one of its kind in the UK, focusing on new age journalism with an emphasis on mobile media.
Did you seek any support during the application process?
I sought for scholarships to support my funding. Also, the admissions team and academic staff were accommodating and supportive of extending my enrolment date when my visa processing was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances; if not I would not have been able start the course this year.
What has been the highlight of your time at Strathclyde so far?
Being at Strathclyde by itself has been the highlight of my recent life. The opportunity to spend time and share ideas and exchange knowledge with some of the veteran journalists from global media houses like the BBCs and the Skys is invaluable.
What would be your advice for people considering taking the course at Strathclyde?
My advice would be to be ready to be on your own and mould yourself to think on your feet like a journalist does. You will be challenged to go out of your comfort zone.
What have been your main challenges at university, and how did you overcome them?
Since I joined three weeks later in to the academic session, I had missed several lessons and assignments were soon due. I had a stressful week trying to settle in my accommodation, getting around to know the place and catch up on studies concurrently. The academic staff were kind and helpful to sort out my lesson plans, take me through the assignment requirements and to offer extension to submit them even though I managed to do it all in time eventually. The staff were prompt in responding to my e-mails answering my queries. Their assurance and confidence helped me wade through the stress of coping with student life.
What do you think of the support available during your course?
The support from all departments has been excellent. There is always someone to answer your queries, provide assistance or direct to the right person to resolve issues.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambition is to become a journalist with remarkable expertise in politics and sports.