BA (Hons) Media Studies (2009-2012)
Part-time Unit Assistant at BBC Radio 1
Team Member at Abel & Cole
During my time at Winchester I took a module in Radio Production which transformed my vague interest in radio into a fervent passion. I subsequently helped to set up a campus radio station, Sound Radio, which broadcast to students and staff and received support from Winchester City Council.
I then sought industry experience and was lucky enough to get work experience on BBC Radio 1, following which I was offered a part-time role as a Unit Assistant. My role is similar to a runner and varies from making cups of tea and getting lunches to more exciting jobs such as sitting in on shows with Radio 1 DJs and observing the roles of the production team. I also have to ‘proof listen’ to the tracks we will be playing, noting down the points in the track which may contain swearing or bad language.
As well as working at the BBC, I also work at organic grocers Abel & Cole as a team member in Customer Services. I am the first point of call for customers, delivery drivers and suppliers which requires me to have an extensive knowledge of what the company offers. I respond to queries over email and telephone and undertake administrative tasks such as customer credit control and bringing in new business.
The most challenging part of both my jobs is to manage my time and be efficient. Both of my roles are set in frantic environments and it’s vital that I do not let pressure get to me. I make a list and work though it during the day. It helps to keep me focussed on the tasks that I have been set; it’s very easy to get side-tracked! Media Studies at Winchester certainly taught me to work towards deadlines and push myself to achieving goals. This is something that I’ve been able to put into practice in the real world.
I have found that it is imperative that you are willing to ‘start at the bottom’ and earn your stripes. Showing you’re enthusiastic about even the most menial tasks shows that you give your all in spite of the task.
My piece of advice for other students would be ‘have faith!’ It’s tough and sometimes time consuming and thankless applying for jobs but keep at it. Also get involved with clubs and societies at university and gain as much work experience as possible.
I felt strongly that I would be a more valuable staff member if I was passionate about the company I worked for and therefore only applied for jobs at companies whose corporate ethos matched my own set of beliefs and values. When I was appointed both at the BBC and Abel & Cole, my interviewers said they were particularly impressed by my enthusiasm. I enjoy the diversity my two jobs bring to my daily life and the experiences both roles offer me.