So I am approaching the end of my third and final year of my Applied Media degree. Its certainly been hard work but equally, it has been completely worth it. The skills I have learnt and the experience I have gained will surely stand me in good stead for a decent job!! (Well I hope so anyway!) What am I looking to do? I hear you ask. Well, ideally get a part time job and then look to continue with the media formats that I have developed in my final year. It's definitely exciting times but equally, verynerve-racking!! So my specialist production is the final module of the degree and mine was entitled 'Rag an moyha da' (Cornish for 'For the Greater good') It is based around Volunteers in the community of St Ives Cornwall. You probably know St Ives in Cornwall, famous for its fantastic beaches, gorgeous restaurants and numerous art galleries but hidden behind the illustrious tourist scene is a community that thrives off the work of volunteers. Whatever club, society of group you belong to or occasionally visit, you can almost guarantee that without volunteers - they would not exist. I decided to focus on seven volunteers; each from all walks of the community - museum, sports clubs, toddler and baby helping groups, youth projects, community fesitvals, RNLI etc You name it, I certainly tried to cover it! I followed these people around, taking photographs, filming them, asking them questions, listening to their responses (basically making a nuisance of myself) and then came away to start the actual project! I selected photographs, designed a layout and wrote an editorial for each volunteer to be included in my book and sent this off to blurb to be published. I then made a brochure/leaflet and created a short documentary type film for each volunteer and finally created the whole website to upload all of the content. This can be found at www.volunteersinstives.com. It was hard work but seeing the final book and the website makes the whole project rewarding. The volunteers involved loved their short films and the people who have watched them begin to realise the work that these people do outside of their normal 9-5 jobs. It was a really worthwhile and satisfying project hopefully one that can be continued after my studies.