4th May 2001

 

DEGREE IN THE PIPELINE FOR EX- PLUMBER

 

When news leaks in journalism, mature student John Cafferkey feels right at home as a former plumber.

 

John (29) decided on a complete career change three years ago when he suffered an illness and was unable to continue with manual work.

 

He chose to do an access course in English Literature and History at North Lincolnshire College and joined the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s Department of Journalism – and now he even works in local radio too.

 

Having worked at BBC Radio Lincolnshire throughout his degree he has now been offered a contract as one of their early breakfast show presenters.

 

“It was strange going back into education after 10 years, but I always loved writing so journalism appealed to me,” said John.

 

“When I started the course I wanted to be a sports writer but my degree gave me an opportunity to sample different media and I really enjoyed radio.”

 

Lecturers at the university were really supportive towards John and noticed his talent for journalism. He thoroughly enjoys his role at BBC Radio Lincolnshire and his ultimate ambition is to work for Radio 5 Live. John graduates in July 2001.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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