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Mr Jack Cousens

There is so much you can gain from the course itself as well as the people you are surrounded by that it's really essential to immerse yourself in everything that is happening and to talk to as many people as possible, because it really does pay off in the long run.

What are you doing now?

I am now the Assistant Buyer for Jewellery at Topman, buying isn't something covered on the course, but the job allows me to use my skills in Trend Forecasting, Styling and Marketing that I honed at university. My additional skills allow me to do some photography used for in-store graphics in Topman and other Arcadia brands. I also work freelance as a fashion photographer and branding consultant and manage to secure regular work outside of my full time job.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

The lecturers at Northumbria are incredible and really do everything they can to further your career, without having regular contact with the entire team I wouldn't be as confident and skilled in my work as I am today. The resources available at Northumbria are also second to none, with regular use of the photo studio, cameras and equipment to borrow, Apple and Adobe software and a huge library to use, everything you could need in the course is always available.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the course was the freedom to develop. You begin in first year being set specific projects to study and complete, but as you learn more you are able to tailor every part of your work to what is best for you. The freedom of choice in the Final Major Project of final year is incredible and it really allows you to become passionate about what you are doing, because it is completely selected and managed by you. The lecturers are always very supportive and are eager to push you to achieve the most you can in every project.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

I gained skills in project management, photography, styling, retouching, branding, marketing, trend forecasting, layout design, all of which I use in my full time and freelance career.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

I would advise anyone thinking about studying Fashion Communication at Northumbria to consider what your goals are. If you want an incredible university and leading course, and to be surrounded by inspirational and approachable people, and if you personally are driven and want to work hard to succeed, then it is the university for you.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Unforgettable, Surprising & Spectacular

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