Working in the Media Industry
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Working in the Media Industry
Media Myths (and the truth behind them)
1. You must be a graduate Statistically the majority of new entrants happen to be….. but by no means all Vocational courses in FE/HE Colleges e.g. studio crafts, IT, journalism Significant work experience instead of Higher Education Once in a media organisation your starting qualifications are largely forgotten
2. You need to study Media Studies Divided opinion in the industry about the value of such courses Strong interest by media employers in specialist subject knowledge e.g. science, languages, economics, politics, engineering Stronger commitment and passion for the area often shown by non Media Studies students with relevant practical experience
3. Media companies are mainly interested in qualifications Rarely the case Particular A-level grades or degree class never sought Practical experience and evidence of passion for the media much more important
Journalism: the exception 55% of UK Broadcast Journalists (Radio & TV) enter via a BJTC accredited course Most employers look for: accredited undergraduate degree accredited postgraduate diploma MA in Broadcast, Bi-Media, Multi-Media, TV or Online Journalism
Working at the BBC Mostly not a ‘9 to 5’ Wide variety of jobs Training excellence Fast moving environment Good career development Creative atmosphere Pride in your job Fun!
What kind of jobs? Programme Making Factual & Learning; Sport; Children’s; Drama; Entertainment; News Journalism Television; Radio; Interactive Media; World Service; Worldwide Specialist Technical & Design Services Sound; Vision; Design; Post-Production; Floor, Studio & Production Management
What kind of jobs? New Media & Technology Research & Innovation; Interactive Technology; Information Technology Business Support & Management Marketing, Sales & Advertising; Human Resources; Legal & Rights; Finance; Strategy; Information & Archives
What kind of people? Thorough research of organisation and job Enthusiasm and passion for the area Broad general knowledge and curiosity to learn more Practical work experience Determination and persistence
How do I get in?
Get some Work Experience Volunteer on your student newspaper Get involved in student radio Work for hospital/community radio Enter competitions Be aware of all opportunities
BBC Work Experience Placements throughout the UK 170 different departments Available to anyone aged 14+ Up to 4 weeks Varying criteria www.bbc.co.uk/workexperience
Why do we offer it? It benefits the organisation CSR Staff development New ideas For the BBC work experience is an opportunity to get more involved with the wider community; to spot new talent; and to assess an individual’s potential. They also play a part in developing the industry’s future skills base and diversity.
How can you get it? Top Tips Don’t always go for the obvious Make a statement, stand out Be persistent Sell yourself Make us know you are the right choice If you demonstrate an interest in us, we’ll demonstrate an interest in you.
Why do you want it? …………and how to make the most of it. Imagination vs Reality - gain an insight into the industry and to learn about different job roles. Learn skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers. Gain confidence Most importantly make a good impression and ask the right questions…
From their experience to our employee Stephanie, 1Xtra, 2008; ’During my time on 1Xtra, I assisted the specialist team on two shows. I was given the responsibility of assisting the producers with creating audio content, providing studio support and various administrative duties. Soon after my placement finished I got shortlisted for an interview. The experience I gained left me with a much better idea of what the positions of Broadcast Assistant entails. A week after my interview, I got a call, saying that I had got the job. Work Experience with the BBC, has opened a lot of doors for me.’ Katie – Radio Newsroom work experience in 2006 aged 20, is now a Producer for World Service.
Are you interested? The 2nd most viewed webpage in the UK is hosted by bbc.co.uk: www.bbc.co.uk/news The BBC employs staff from Glasgow to Guernsey: Around 25,000 are currently on staff 40,000 applicants applied for work experience: Around 2,500 gained a placement The BBC offers placements as varied as Broadcast Support to Blue Peter to Business & Economics: Radio 1 is the most popular
Next Steps Find your passion and follow it Get Involved, Get training, Get qualified Do it now www.bbc.co.uk/workexperience www.bbc.co.uk/jobs
Useful websites www.bbc.co.uk/workexperience www.bbc.co.uk/jobs www.skillset.org www.bbc.co.uk/blast www.bbc.co.uk/21cc/outreach/ www.bbctraining.com/
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