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Jess goes from Bradford AFC to Rangers FC via Sunderland Uni

Question: How does a lifelong Bradford AFC supporter end up working for Rangers Football Club?

Answer: She studies an MA in Journalism at the University of Sunderland.

Jessica Kirton has landed the job of her dreams after impressing bosses at Rangers Football Club with her footballing knowledge and video skills.

The 24 year old is already flat hunting in Glasgow as she prepares to move north to start her job as an assistant videographer for the football club.

It’s an exciting opportunity for the young football fan who comes from Bradford and has been a lifelong supporter of the Bantams.

Jessica said: “It’s really exciting, I’m going to be filming a lot of the matches, including the academy and women’s team, as well as some first team games.

“It’s a bit of a dream come true as I’ve always wanted to work in video. I’ve been making my own mini films since I was about 11 years old. I’ve also been a football fan for as long as I can remember.”

Jessica saw the Rangers job advertised on Twitter and decided to apply even though she is still completing her MA at Sunderland.

She said: “I spoke to someone in Human Resources and they answered all my questions and then I went up there for an interview.”

After being told she would hear back from the club in two weeks, Jessica was on her way to another job interview, this time with West Ham FC, when she received a phone call on the train saying she had secured the job with Rangers.

Speaking about her time at the University of Sunderland, Jessica said: “It’s been brilliant and a lot of hard work.

“Any spare time I’ve had, I have been out trying to find stories. They really make you work but it is all totally worth it.”

John Price, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Sunderland, said: “Jess has been a joy to work with, so it’s fantastic to see her get a job working at a top football club.

“She has been an outstanding student and, as well as getting excellent grades on her MA, she has done all the right things – developing a quality portfolio of published work and making good contacts within the industry.

“I’m confident she will go on to have an excellent career within the sports media and is a role model for future students to follow.”

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