Chang Jia Hui
BA (Hons) Digital Media Design
How did you know this study field is for you?
I believe my relatively early exposure to digital photo manipulation has played a huge part in my decision to jump right into this study field. This study field not only provides me the skills I need to do all that, it also gives me the skills that will actually land me a job in the digital media industry.
How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you and your studies?
The COVID-19 pandemic has done horrible things to me and the people around me. I would be lying if I said it didn’t affect my level of productivity at all. There’s just something dangerously comfortable about studying and attending classes at home, but it is also important to know that as devastating as this situation is for us, life goes on. I overcame my procrastination problems by acknowledging that procrastination is not a part of who I am, but an annoying monkey jumping around in my head that I absolutely have to get rid of, haha.
What new teaching methods were introduced by your institution as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
We did a lot of our classes on Microsoft Teams instead! Besides, now that we can get in touch with any lecturer through the private messaging feature, I can just send my questions to them at any time, and then get a reply when it’s convenient for them. The new system, in my opinion, is a welcomed improvement.What encouraged you to continue with your studies despite the COVID-19 pandemic?
Why give up just because of a single inconvenience?
Unless there are severe monetary issues in the family, I don’t see how the pandemic should stop students from continuing their studies online. In my personal opinion, the advances in communication technology is already sufficient for us to counter this pandemic, so if money or even mental health is not a big problem for someone, I would suggest them to carry on. I know I did, and in my experience - it wasn’t so bad.
What are your plans after graduating?
The many things I have learned from my study field has given me a wide range of job opportunities in the digital media industry. In fact, there are so many things we can do with this degree, that almost every classmate of mine seem to have a unique career choice in mind. Personally, I am interested in number of things, such as frontend development, UI/UX design and even advertising.
Although I’d like a career opportunity that allows me to dabble in all those job roles, I look forward to working as a UI/UX designer first as a short-term goal.