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My name is Sekeenat Karim and I graduated from Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance in 2017.

What did you do after graduating?

After graduating I took time out to travel, it has always been something I have enjoyed doing and I thought it would be a great way to celebrate my achievements over the three years. Since returning from my travels I have returned to the department as a “visiting professional” to offer advice and support to the current third year producers, in preparation for their full-scale productions.

What do you do now?

I will be starting a 6-month paid placement with Trafalgar Entertainment Group soon. Very excited!

In doing your degree what has helped you in your professional life?

The course didn’t just focus on one aspect of theatre so I was able to develop so many skills in different areas! From lighting design to producing, the possibilities on this degree are endless and these are skills that will be useful throughout my career. People have asked me “If you had a chance to change what you studied at university, would you?” and my answer is always no. I have developed valuable skills on this course, and not just creative skills like scriptwriting or lighting design, I have also developed my time management, people management and team building/leadership skills, which are essential in everyday life.

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Why did you choose the University of York?

The facilities in the department are amazing and I knew it would be a place where I would be able to grow and learn! Apart from that, right from the open day, everyone was so supportive and welcoming and for me, that was the kind of environment I knew I would enjoy learning in.

What would you say to someone thinking about studying at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television?

The department has so many fantastic opportunities so make sure you make the most of what’s on offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first year, get involved! There are always opportunities to attend masterclasses lead by professionals who have spent many years in industry, these are so important and so useful! What better way to prepare and learn about the industry than to hear about it first hand from people who have years of experience. Also, make the most of your course! When you enjoy and understand what you’re learning, it makes it easier to put the skills you learn into practice.

What was the highlight of your time at University?

One highlight of my time at university was producing The Wonderful World of Dissocia, in my third year. I learnt so much about producing and I discovered that I loved it. No two days were the same and it was challenging, but I really enjoyed the challenge and it pushed me to think in different ways. I loved working with my year group to create a great piece of theatre that we were all proud of. Another highlight was producing Professor Michael Cordner’s production of Amphitryon in June 2017. It was an amazing opportunity to work with professionals and students from the department, and it was a fantastic opportunity for me to put the skills I had learnt during the course into action. It was great fun working on such a creatively ambitious piece!