MA BLOG: Meet Jack

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Ever wondered what it is like being a Digital Creative MA? Or not sure exactly what it involves? Some of this year’s Modern Apprentices lift the lid on work and activities that they have been involved in.

Hi. My name is Jack. I’m 19 years old and I live in Tayport, a small, kind of a ghost town in Fife.

A couple of weeks ago, I started working as a Modern Apprentice in the field of Creative and Digital Media, specifically trying to use social media and other applications to engage with the community.

In other words I work using a computer to do... stuff.

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I work at a community centre where we arrange groups and support for any and all types of people in Dundee, and go along to those groups. I’m a really great help, by hovering around taking lots of pictures and asking people to do surveys. I also help with the social media accounts, which is never a dull moment.

From the job I hope to learn more about community work and helping people out, whether it’s people in need or my co-workers.

"This was an opportunity to take a break from the classroom and learn while going out, doing and experiencing."

It’s also fun to learn how to make videos and other media, especially since I’m generally not in them. I also hope to learn how to use social media to help people, promote groups and generally use it to benefit people.

I chose this MA because when I left school, I didn’t really want to go straight to college or university for essentially more of the same thing. This was an opportunity to take a break from the classroom and learn while going out, doing and experiencing.

Oh yeah, and you get paid. That’s pretty decent too.