Interdisciplinary Studies Centre

Josephine's career story

Josephine smiling for a selfie wearing glasses.

Josephine, BA American Studies graduate


What did you enjoy most about your studies?

I especially enjoyed my module on Black America, because it was something I was particularly interested in, and the film modules I studied at both Essex and the University of California, where I did my year abroad. They were instrumental to my chosen career because they demonstrate my interest in film, production and the media industry. 

What employability /further study skills did studying at Essex give you?

I attended talks held by the Careers Centre and through making contacts with one of the speakers at a talk, I got my first internship when I graduated. 

What have you done since graduating from Essex?

Currently I am working as a Senior Production Coordinator at Cartoon Network which is part of Turner Broadcasting. I started working at Turner as a Production Assistant and was promoted to Production Coordinator and then promoted to my current role. Before this, I had various internships at PR Companies Resonate and Zebra PR, Youth Dance England, CNN on their film Show "The Screening Room", an internship at Cartoon Network and I worked in two advertising rep companies in New York for a year as part of the Mountbatten Internship programme. 

How did your time studying at the University of Essex help your career?

My time studying at the University of Essex definitely helped my career because it reinforced the idea that I wanted a career in the media industry as I loved studying the TV and Film related courses. My time studying abroad at the University of California, Davis also gave me so many opportunities and exposed me to things that I might not have experienced and it is all because this was something that the University of Essex could offer in my course.