Graduate profile: Richard Holmes
Subject of study: Journalism BA (Honours)
Year of graduation: 2015
Current position: Investigations Reporter, Buzzfeed News
What are you doing now?
I am an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed news, with over three years of experience in online and print journalism. I started my career freelancing for VICE and The Independent before joining the investigations team at BuzzFeed as an editorial assistant. I have spent over two years reporting at BuzzFeed News, including reporting on corruption within UK prisons; revealing the identities of two of the world’s most wanted ISIS executioners, known as the ‘Beatles’; exposing how RBS systematically crushed British businesses for profit; and reporting on suspected money laundering by the Conservative Party’s biggest corporate donor.
What did you find most valuable about your course at Westminster? How did the skills you learnt during your degree help you to shape your career?
The most valuable thing about studying at Westminster University was the 24/7 support from the lecturers who were always keen to help with issues. Offering career advice, life advice and good companionship, they really helped shape a positive experience at Westminster for me.
What was the best thing about being a student in London?
The ability to undergo work experience and study at the same time was ideal. Working towards a career in Journalism is tough, and you need experience. Being in the Journalistic capital of the UK was incredibly helpful.
What extra-curricular activities did you participate in that enhanced your time at the University?
I worked for The Independent, Vice News, Shout-Out UK, The Daily Mail and The Express during my time at university. But it was the rugby team that helped me relax and achieve some well-deserved downtime.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing a similar career?
Just go for it! You don't get anything without asking for it and you can't show people your ability if you never give yourself the platform to do so. Take failure as motivation and don't be afraid to be pushy.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your achievements, life experiences, what inspires you, or career that may be valuable/interesting to our prospective students or alumni?
My friends say I'm terrible, but I am superb at dancing!