“Looking back on my five years with the Opportunity Enhancement Trust, I can safely say it is what made the difference for me in breaking into sports journalism.
I found myself in a tricky situation with one year of school remaining, as my long-held ambition of being a sports reporter was not underpinned by any noteworthy work experience.
However, I gained a lot of confidence as a result of being given a platform to write published match reports and conduct interviews which were broadcast online. I developed a decent portfolio, which was of help to my successful application to study Multimedia Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University.
I continued to work for the Opportunity Enhancement Trust in my spare time aside from university, a commitment I felt I had to make for the benefit of my career. In the modern day there are five or six different journalism courses in Scotland, meaning you typically have more than 100 graduates every summer. There are simply not enough journalism jobs in this country – realistically attainable for a graduate – to sustain that demand, so getting the degree was never going to be enough.
I wanted to give myself the best possible chance for when I came to finish my studies, and the skillset and contacts-base I had obtained in the north of Scotland was pivotal to me being offered the role of trainee sports reporter with the Press and Journal in June 2014.”