audio engineer

Postgrad Life

Pretty soon I’ll be stepping in to the vast, depressing vacuum that is Postgraduate life. It’d be naïve of me if I said that I wasn’t worried, or at least apprehensive, about what the future may, or may not, hold for me; it’s a scary prospect particularly when it’s as difficult to see the light through this vastly diverse and varying tunnel. I almost feel like I’m carrying one of the brightest torches possible but it’s not illuminating the way.

“Tunnel”

I’ve enjoyed my time at DMU and would barely change a thing about it. My course offered a wide range of subjects and modules whilst keeping everything tied to what I enjoy most: Music Technology. However, the one small part of De Montfort University that I do not take with a smile on my face is their postgraduate support (or lack of). It’s okay if you want to work in Radio, thanks to DemonFM, or if you do Business or Marketing but even then, the support is a far cry from what I would expect. I’ve been offered CV writing workshops and the opportunity to expand my online presence, but honestly, these are things that I take for granted and shouldn’t be being taught to me optionally in the final weeks of University. I want a job fair. I want relevant work placements in Businesses that benefit me and where I can benefit them. But hey ho...

Yesterday I had my last exam of University - which I actually really enjoyed. AV Production was a fantastic module that I felt I excelled in and hopefully my result will reflect that. It’s a difficult time right now for me as it’s touch-and-go between achieving a 1st or a 2:1; with one more important coursework deadline and several marks that I’m yet to get back. I’ve worked my arse off this year to get the best result possible and with some marks in the 80s and even one in the 90s, I’ve done myself proud. It’s just a shame that I was forced to do such mundane modules in my Second Year that I found it hard to motivate myself in. This time in 2 months I’ll know what I’ve graduated with, though. It’ll be an anxious wait.

I have, however, been toying with the idea of doing a PhD. I really enjoyed researching Binaural Audio for my Technology Project (a Dissertation, of sorts) and this has lead me to some extremely exciting ideas for 3D Audio spatialisation. One would be literally ‘out of this world’ but I might reveal more about that at a later date...

Anyway, thanks for reading.

’Til next time,

Andrew

P.s. It’s been about a year since I last blogged. I’m sorry, I’ll blog more regularly from now on, I promise!