1. Tell us about yourself
My Name is Monique and I am Commissioning Producer at the BBC. I currently work across BBC Music, leading on the development of our On Demand music formats. I am also a part of London’s creative scene; I am a DJ and I feature monthly on the community radio station Foundation FM.
2. What is your fondest memory of Anglia Ruskin University?
Probably forming a sense of community between Anglia Ruskin's athletics team, which I was president of, and Cambridge's Athletics team. I am still close friends with several of the individuals from athletics.
3. What has been your favourite job?
Radio 1 Assistant Producer.
4. In one word, how would you describe Anglia Ruskin University?
5. How did your time at ARU help you?
It taught me a lot about independence and how to integrate all elements of your life, while studying my degree.
6. What did you love about your chosen course?
I loved Biomedical Science because of the intricate detail, my favourite course being Molecular Cell Biology as I felt as if I was learning about the fundamental elements which made up our biological processes.
7. What advice would you give to current students as they’re preparing to graduate?
Don’t box yourself in with a degree; see it as the foundation by which you grow from. I never once thought that post-biomed I’d be doing production. I started a Masters in Translational Medicine, and after 6 weeks I decided it didn’t resonate with me and that is okay! Embrace everything that comes your way.
8. What do you know now that you wish you had known whilst studying?
People are always willing to help, so reach out to that person who did the talk. If you come with enthusiasm and a genuine eagerness to hear from another person in whatever field they are in, they will try to help. We’ve all been at the start at some point or other.
9. Who was the biggest influence on your career?
I wouldn’t say there has been a specific person who influenced me, I think I have had influences at different points in my life. From my biology teacher in school, to friends... right now I am influenced by incredibly talented individuals in the music field who show passion and care for individuals trying to navigate this space.
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
Chill out, don’t doubt yourself, stay curious and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re asking too many questions.
11. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I am obsessed with maps, especially that of New York. I play Geoguesser every morning with my coffee.
12. What’s next?
I am privileged to live in London and be immersed in the culture of music, fashion sports and entertainment. I think I’d like to move more in to a creative lead or direction role across a sports brand or a music platform. I also want to give New York a go and live there for a bit as I have some good friends doing some cool things out there.