Annique Smith, lecturer and package coordinator for Multimedia studies in the Department of Information Science, has won the Teaching and Learning Award. This award is given by the faculty of Engineering, Built Environment, and Information Technology, at the University of Pretoria.
Smith launched the Multimedia Podcast in 2020 after noticing that several students in the Multimedia degree do not know what the job opportunities are for them once they finish their studies. She describes the process, and the podcast as follows:
The podcast involves me interviewing a member of the industry, usually someone who has also graduated from Multimedia. We talk about their job - how they got into it, what they love and what frustrates them. They also give some tips to students wanting to enter the same field.
Currently there are 8 episodes for the podcast, all published last year. I've spoken to people in web development, VR development and game development. I've also had some conversations around user-experience design. In one episode, I spoke to a Multimedia honours student to gain an understanding of her first 6 months in the working world.
I hope that this podcast will be a helpful resource to current and prospective Multimedia students as they try to figure out what they would like to do when they finish studying. In addition, it's also helped us (the Multimedia degree) to grow our relationships with members of the industry, which will be beneficial for our students in the long run.
The podcast interview is conducted by me and edited by Diffie Bosman. We've had 369 listens since 30 June 2020.
To listen to the podcast, please visit: https://anchor.fm/the-multimedia-podcast.