The Sky really is the limit for new graduate Rory O’Callaghan.
For the 24-year-old, who took to the stage of Preston’s Guild Hall last week to receive his MA in Sports Journalism, has landed a role with Sky Sports News.
University of Central Lancashire graduate Rory, from Chorley, said: “Sports journalism is very competitive industry so I’m really pleased to have secured a freelance role so soon after graduating.
“I’m hoping to showcase my skills to the full and make the most of it because it’s a fantastic opportunity.”
His lecturer Charlie Lambert, who worked as a BBC sports journalist before becoming an academic, added: “This is a very competitive place to get into and he has done incredibly well to nail paid work so soon.”
During his one-year course Rory was offered a chance to do some freelance work writing about football and cricket for the Liverpool Echo newspaper.
He said: “Although I was happy to accept my first offer of paid work in journalism, it meant I had to cope with a busier schedule than I had previously expected.
“The demands of the role often overlapped with my lectures so I had to learn how to effectively prioritise my workload.
“However, I believe this role at the Echo directly led to me gaining employment at Sky Sports.
“It taught me to take the most of any opportunities offered to you whilst you are studying.”
The former Parklands High School and Runshaw College student had nothing but praise for the UCLan course.
He added: “I wanted to gain a qualification that would be well respected in the industry and would help me secure employment at a national media organisation and it’s done that straightaway. I enjoyed speaking to my lecturers about their own experiences of working in the British media, and how things have changed in the industry over the last few decades, particularly in sports journalism.
“I also enjoyed the practical modules, learning the use of InDesign and Photoshop as programs, as well as the use of shorthand.”
Rory is not the only journalist in his family. His sister Lauren completed an MA in Magazine Journalism at UCLan in 2011 and secured a place on the highly sought after IPC Media Editorial Multimedia Graduate Scheme.
Rory is now looking at moving to London to secure a full-time role with the global media powerhouse.