Here is the lasted alumni Q&A with Han Phan.
1.Why did you choose GMM at WSA/University of Southampton?
Long story short—having thought that I wanted to pursue photography after a year of doing Art & Design Foundation Diploma, I took on a challenge and applied for BA (Hons) Film Production. Simply because I wanted to learn as much as I could about the media industry. After completing my BA Degree, I realised that I didn’t want to just focus on film, when I’m also interested in photography, design and marketing. At that time, I didn’t know such a course as Global Media Management existed. When I discovered it, I just felt as though this was the course designed for me. I knew what direction I wanted to approach for my career path and this course was the course that got me there.
2.What are you currently doing?
I’m currently a Content Manager at Rice Creative, a strategic branding and design studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We create strategy, communication, and products for commercial and cultural clients. We believe that powerful and compelling design can transform brands, give shape to extraordinary stories and make positive impacts.
3. In what ways does your time on GMM and at WSA/University of Southampton help you with this?
Firstly, the research skills I’ve acquired from this course has helped me to discover and analyse current global media trends and practices. Secondly, by applying the theoretical knowledge into practice, I’ve been able to think, plan and execute with a critical and strategic approach in order to come up with a well-rounded solution for a creative problem. Furthermore, the group projects I took part of have supported me in improving my leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Last but not least, this course has also taught me how to utilise new media tools to best communicate different messages and engage with different identities around the world.
I could write an essay on how this course has helped me with my current profession. One thing I really took away from this course is realising how I can use my creative skills and social media to communicate topics I deeply care about. I hope whatever your focus is on this course, you’ll be able to take away something too.
4. Advice to current GMM students
Take it seriously. This does not mean you can’t have fun. This course is all about exploring and learning new perspectives.
Help one another and be supportive, especially in group discussions or projects.
Identify your future career path and begin working towards it. This will help to shape the outcomes of your final project.
Travel when you can, as it’s the only way you can truly understand the people and culture in the UK.
Learn from your lecturers. Engage and participate in conversations with them. The lecturers and tutors at GMM were the best guidance I could ever ask for. They have made my time there so much more valuable.
Learn from your peers. Get to know different perspectives and go in with an open mind.