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Karen Liu

Founder and Producer: Harkii

Karen Liu studied Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, graduating as part of the first cohort of students in 2016. Karen has since started up her own creative business. Here we find out more about her time at Loughborough University London and how her career is developing.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

Before I joined Loughborough, I was working in the Beijing branch of a U.S. media company as an Assistant Producer, with the main responsibility of coordinating its video production and daily operation.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University London?

I was looking for a university considering both the programme and its location, while Loughborough University London provides a well-organized media programme and is in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Moreover, I was attracted by the various scholarship schemes that it offered.

How has Loughborough University London inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

I found the programmes here valuable both academically and in practical training. The University would like to prepare us for future challenges so they created the employability section with CV writing skills, video assessment and mock panel discussions and so on, which are essential procedures for job application.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

I found it is vital to be engaged in all kinds of campus events, which enriches my student life.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

As my programme encourages students to participate in real life media practice, I initiated a photography project called Honest You, which explores the relationship between makeup and female self-acceptance. This is an on-going project that reflects my interests in gender issues and portrait photography.

Moreover, I have been active in different entrepreneurial competitions and events when I was studying. My business proposal was the winner of the Postcard Competition held by Loughborough University London and one of the finalists in the Launch-it! Competition by the Midland campus. 

I have had great moments studying in Loughborough University London and I am looking forward to staying in touch with the University and alumni for future cooperation.

Are there any hidden gems on the campus or in London that you would recommend to future students?

As an overseas student, I would say living in London means plenty of opportunities to meet with interesting people and expand the possibilities of your life. However, I guess these are not hidden gems to many people.

How did you fund your studies?

I have received the Dean's Award for Enterprise to help fund my studies, which covered 90% of my tuition fees plus business mentoring support.

Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate, and how this differs from undergraduate studies.

In my point of view, taking a postgraduate course requires more independent thinking and researching than undergraduate studies. One of our professors said that the student should be the one who tells the tutor and classmates about a certain topic after thorough study, instead of simply listening to what the professors said.

Can you tell us more about the company you are working for currently?

At the moment, I am working on my own business project called Harkii, which is a creative brand that aims to supply professionally generated content in independent audio industry, with a long-term goal of building a knowledge-sharing community for independent producers where the value of excellent works and practice is fully appreciated.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

As the founder of Harkii, I have been involved with its early preparation and incorporation. I will oversee its content production and marketing in the future as well.

What do you love the most about your job?

It seems that multimedia producer and company director are two completely different roles, but they share the common task of tackling problems in a constantly changing environment. The journey full of unknown challenges is what I love in my job the most.

Where does the future hold for you?

I am satisfied with the career path that I chose, so I will devote myself to the development of Harkii and hope one day it will be accepted by others as a valuable content creator in this area.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Though I have not got many achievements so far, I felt proud of my work after the University accepted my business proposal and endorsed me for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.

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