Haddy Ndure, left, who is currently in her final year of a journalism and history degree at Leicester’s De Montfort University, is one of just 10 people who have won a place at this year’s ITV News graduate scheme.
Haddy, who is due to graduate in July, was among 50 candidates shortlisted after applying online, and then won a final interview after attending an assessment day.
She has previously completed worked experience with the BBC World Service, BBC Manchester and BBC Cambridge.
“I left ITV studios that day thinking this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It was incredibly intense and challenging, they pushed us to the limit,” said Haddy in a piece for the DMU website.
“However, I must have done something right, because I received a phone call the week after, inviting me for an interview. I couldn’t believe it.”
“During the interview, I just gave it my all. I went in very prepared but I still left feeling like I hadn’t done enough, again, it was that intense.
“University has been the best and hardest three years of my life. It has made me realise how little I actually knew about the world. I am so glad to be leaving knowing that I have secured myself a job.”
She added: “For every student, especially in journalism, I would say experience is key. Get as much experience as you can and of course put in the work and you will be just fine.”
“I spent last summer with BBC World Service and BBC Manchester and very recently BBC Cambridge. Having those experiences under my belt as well as the skills and knowledge acquired from my degree has definitely played a big part in landing this job.”