Create Your Future: Barking & Dagenham students prepare plans for Post competition

Emillie Rix

Emillie Rix - Credit: Archant

As our Create Your Future partnership hots up, Barking and Dagenham College students reveal their business and marketing plans, as they compete to take control of the Post.

Eryngyn Shkjeza

Eryngyn Shkjeza - Credit: Archant

Sticking loosely to their brief of using the Post to better market the college, the students came up with a whole range of ideas, each desperate to secure a place on the winning team of 12.

Ben Prayel

Ben Prayel - Credit: Archant

Business management student Eryngyn Shkjeza is hoping to transfer his competitive sporty nature from the football pitch into the world of newspaper production.

Barking and Dagenham College

Barking and Dagenham College - Credit: Archant

A former player for conference side Luton Town FC, Eryngyn and his team-mates are hoping to create a video featuring ‘Wall of Fame’ graduates to talk about the college.

“I’m always up for new challenges, and very competitive,” he said.

“I would like to write for the paper because there are so many stories to tell, and I would like to tell about the college and all the opportunities they are giving the students.”

Media student and aspiring journalist Ben Prayel hopes to harness the latest technology to benifit the college through the Post, including the creation of a new mobile phone app.

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“I entered the competition because it gives a great opportunity to get a taste for journalism and allows me to network and build connections with people in the media,” he said.

Fashion design student Emillie Rix is hoping to use her own personal experiences to claim a place in the final group.

She said: “I originally went to sixth form, but didn’t enjoy my time there. Coming to Barking & Dagenham College opened my eyes and I enjoy it so much more.

“I want to use this experience to make sure people consider all their options.”

One particular aspect Emillie wants to focus on is the financial side, highlighting the affordability of the college and money-making schemes open to students.

Care and early learning student Julian Shields hopes to market the college through catchy slogans and a strong social media presence across a range of platforms, including Instagram.

He said: “I think this competition is a great idea and it would be a good experience, especially for those who get the paid job during the summer period.

“I put forward the idea of inviting high school students to see what goes on in our college classes, so they might be interested in studying here.”