Rafal Goszczurny, BA Journalism and Media graduate

Shortly after finishing the BA Journalism and Media degree in 2016, Rafal Goszczurny got a job as a Front of House Assistant at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.

What do you like most about your current role? 

The role is in the field that follows my interest and passion, at the same time taking my career towards the arts industry and allowing me to develop my knowledge and skills. Consecutively, the role allows me to watch and engage with the theatre, making the review writing, learnt during journalism classes, much easier, allowing me to freelance my journalistic work. 

What are the key success factors in this field? 

I think that all comes down to your time management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks, ensuring all work is completed to a high standard and delivered on time; both of which I have learnt throughout my BA. Also a key success factor is the interest in what you do. I know it is a cliché, but loving what you do allows your passion to thrive every day, making your work a pleasure. 

Which steps along your path have helped you get this role? 

I think the best decision I made, which also helped me to get a job at the Vaudeville Theatre, was a topic of my dissertation. A big advantage of the degree is that students can choose what they want to write about. I came up with the unique and novel idea to address the age gap within the theatre audience and conducted a research study, focusing on the 16-24 year olds, to find out how many go to the theatre and identify the motives and reasons behind their decisions. Once again, my enthusiasm and passion drove the project forward

What role did your education play in your career success? 

In the second year of my BA, my aspiration for a career in the arts industry became very clear to me. I was studying to become a journalist, but my passion shifted towards the arts: the opportunity to criss-cross my interests with my assessed work made it possible for me to get better marks, as even though I was writing essays and producing work to be assessed, I was happily combining it with my interests; for example: for the final assessment in journalism in my second year I created a newspaper about the theatre and in my third year I opened a website with theatre news and reviews. Surely, the opportunity to mould my degree around my interest, even though not in exactly the same field, worked to my advantage. 

What advice would you give to somebody looking to move into this field? 

I would probably say: follow your passion (cliché again…) and think of ways of connecting your work with your interests. If your passion lies within the arts then also make sure to take the advantage of living in one of the world’s cultural capitals, where you can easily get exposed to different forms of the arts. There are many forms of the arts, so you should find the one you really love and try to pursue a career within it. 

What do you wish you have known about the field while you were a student? 

I think I would have wished I knew that many arts organisations offer placements and internships while you’re studying - myself, I found out too late. Also, I wish I knew about student discounts for some theatres from the very beginning!