THREE university students are celebrating after graduating straight into their dream jobs.
After leaving the University of Sunderland, Thomas Hannett, 21, a media production graduate, is set to hit the airwaves with one of the UK’s biggest radio stations, Capital.
Young mother Carley Armstrong, 24, who graduated this week with a first class media production degree, has walked straight out of the classroom into the production offices of the BBC’s biggest children’s show, The Dumping Ground.
And, Paule Stei has not only landed a first class degree and a dream job, she has also won the University of Sunderland’s first ever award for Outstanding PR Student of the Year.
Thomas, who hails from Gateshead, joins the radio station as an assistant producer on The Capital Breakfast Show during the week and host his own show on Sunday mornings.
He said: “I am in such an amazing position to be able to be working as soon as I am graduating. I wouldn’t have my job without the help of the university and to be working for the UK’s number one hit music station is amazing. I love it.”
Sunderland mum Carley, who juggled studies with bringing up her five-year-old son, Alfie, is thrilled to have landed her job as a production assistant on the BAFTA Award winning children’s TV series The Dumping Ground. She said: “I am so proud of myself as I am making a positive future for my son and following my dreams. All I have ever wanted to do my whole life is make drama, TV, radio and films, and now I am.”
Paule, from Lithuania, was thrilled at being awarded the Outstanding PR Student of the Year, which is sponsored by digital marketing and communications agency DDCA.
She said: “It was such a surprise and a great honour to receive this award and I really did struggle to hold back the tears when my name was read out. This award makes all the hard work and long hours all worthwhile.”
Paule, 21, will now take up her role at North East PR consultancy MHW as a graduate intern.
CRIME writer Ann Cleeves received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at the Stadium of Light this week.
Ann Cleeves, who wrote Shetland and Vera Stanhope – later turned into the hit ITV drama Vera – was honoured for her writing.
Herefordshire-born Cleeves grew up in North Devon and her first book, A Bird in the Hand, was published in 1986 before she moved to the North East.
Ann said: “It’s easier to write about a place as an outsider. People who live in the region perhaps sometimes take for granted just how beautiful the region is and how nice people here are.”
University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Fidler said: “Our honoraries have made highly significant contributions within their fields and will inspire our graduates as they celebrate their success and embark on their careers.’’