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As part of the course, Brighton Journalist Works arrange stints of work experience. Recent graduate Lynsey Bartlett has just completed a week at The Argus…

The first day in the office was intense to say the least, they didn’t treat me with kid gloves, I was in at the deep end and had produced a double-page spread by the end of the day.

As the week went on I grew in confidence and learned so much, not to mention the bylines, the great

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stories and even a free curry, I would have been sad for it to end, only it hasn’t.

The news editor has invited me back as a freelance reporter and I’m even getting paid.

Returning to college after almost 20 years out of the education game was quite a daunting prospect for me.

I wondered how I would feel as a 42-year-old student, and worried whether I could fit my studies in around my family and work.

I had many concerns, but with my son at school and a burning desire to become a journalist, I took the plunge.

Brighton Journalist Works offered the perfect course and, lucky for me, they are based only a couple of miles from my home.

As the course gathered momentum, there were certainly moments when I doubted my abilities.

My doubts were always short-lived thanks to the unwavering support I had not just from the excellent tutors, but also my brilliant class-mates.

There’s a genuine feeling of camaraderie in class, as people of all ages and from all walks of life come together with a common goal.

As for the course itself, I learned so much from tutors who have had long careers in their chosen fields.

Each module gave me new skills and opened my eyes to new possibilities.

I’ve spent over 20 years as a local radio presenter. I wanted to re-train as a journalist in the hope I could stay in my industry as a newsreader, if the presenting work dries up.

I most certainly didn’t expect to love writing as much as I do and that’s where my passion lies now.

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