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Where are our graduates now?

Neil Connery (PPE)

I have been working as journalist for more than 20 years since graduating from York where I studied PPE. For the past 15 years I have worked for ITN as reporter on ITV News - my work there has taken me to more than 50 countries. I have been a Moscow Correspondent and Africa Correspondent and was a Correspondent based in Baghdad throughout the Iraq war 2003. Much of my work these days is based in the UK covering a wide brief of stories but I still travel as well and have just returned from Zimbabwe covering the Presidential elections there in July 2013.

Looking back at my time at York I realise just how useful my degree in PPE has proved for the job that I do. Having that ability to cover a wide area of subjects and crucially understanding how they interact is one of the best ways of preparing for a career in journalism.

An understanding of UK politics and economics and international affairs is important for any journalist. I remember thinking before I arrived at York whether I had bitten off more than I could chew in terms of my subject choice - but that feeling soon disappeared and I thoroughly enjoyed my studies and my time at York.

Also, taking advantage of the student media at York University has proved a useful lead-in to the path I've followed since. The student newspaper and radio station are great assets and worth getting involved with if you're interested in journalism and broadcasting. I would not hesitate in recommending both York University and the PEP school to anyone.

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