10th July 2001
Ex-plumber John Cafferkey has already landed a job with BBC Radio Lincolnshire before he graduates from university with a degree in journalism.
John (29), from Lincoln, will graduate on 19th July, three years after he was forced to re-think his career after suffering an illness and being unable to continue with manual work. He did an access course in English Literature and History at North Lincolnshire College.
During his degree he worked at BBC Radio Lincolnshire and 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.
University spokesman Caroline Hardiman said: “This is the first year that Journalism students will graduate from the university and many have already successfully gained excellent jobs.”
“We expect that as the department grows and becomes more established we will have an excellent reputation for providing high-quality journalists.”
John graduates at Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 19th July at 11:30am.
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University of Lincolnshire & Humberside
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