Join our first ever Centre for Journalism employability and alumni day - Monday June 14

All CfJ students are invited to join us next Monday, June 14, for our first ever alumni and employability day – it will be a really useful day for everyone who is soon be starting the job hunt, as well as those of you in Years 1 and 2, who might want to think about plans or freelance work.

Previous grads are also welcome to join: send any staff member an email to get the links.

We will be welcoming back 10 alumni from across the industry (and the globe) to share practical tips and insights on how to apply for your first job, the type of roles you can apply for, and what they wished they had done more of while they were at the centre. There will be a great opportunity to make connections with people already in the industry, as well as ask as many questions as you like. As well, as the three sessions, there will also be a chance to get a personal CV or cover letter review, from Journo Resources founder Jem Collins.

Please do make time to come to these sessions, as our alumni will be able to give invaluable advice as people who were once in your exact position – and they're happy to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small. 

Session One, Skills You Need In The Newsroom, 11am-11.45am: Latifia YedroudjOprah Flash, Alfea Jamal

Session Two, Broadcasting And Multimedia, 2pm-2.45pm: Victoria PolleyThelma TackieAnita Nkonge

Session Three, Various Careers, 4.30pm-5.15pm: Chandni SembhiBorislava TodorovaAlan McGuinness + More TBC

What is toxic positivity?

What is toxic positivity? Sometimes in life things don’t go your way. Maybe you are having an off day, or everything seems to be going wrong. Often in these situations we are told to ‘just smile’ or to try and just ‘be happy’. Have you ever been upset, and someone says, ‘don’t cry’, quite clearly trying to comfort you? This is toxic positivity and although friends and family may feel they are helping they may actually be doing more harm than good. These emotions are meant to be felt and sometimes you have to acknowledge them to be able to move on from them.