Alumni Profile: Jessica Latham
Her passion for how digital media has revolutionized the ways brands communicate with their audiences lead Jessica to her current career path. She graduated in 2016 with an Honours degree in Media theory and practice. In January 2017, she started her first job at, television company, Kwesé as an EPG Editor. After about 6 months, she was promoted to a Digital Entertainment Editor role. She has just moved to a new team and is now working on Kwesé Play, their VOD streaming product, as a Content Marketing Specialist. Jessica highlights that her postgraduate year at UCT helped her identify her passion, drive and dedication to the work she is now doing.
Her thesis was focused on digital media and involved a case study of a working media company. She says “that’s the beauty of the course… we were given the freedom to investigate something we were passionate about and that interested us”. She, further, explains that by “entering a department that is so accepting and being surrounded by people like you just gives you the freedom to really grow and find yourself”. She also emphasises the importance of the guidance she received from her supervisor Ron Irwin. Shr states that “he made me feel like I could really create something great and achieve the marks I wanted”. She encourages new students not to be afraid to ask for help.