1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a broadcast operator I need to know the end-to-end process of bringing material to broadcast/transmission. I work across the newsroom, studio gallery and "behind-the-scenes" on broadcast technology, sourcing, capturing and processing content.
College work revolves around these topics too, but also goes further into networking fundamentals and softer skills such as data handling and project management.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes. Networking and other technological skills have developed massively, and I've also been able to improve my knowledge and proficiency in areas I have had an interest in for a while, e.g. HTML, Photoshop, cameras/photography. There is lots of time for practice and experimentation.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The programme has been extremely enjoyable up to now. Socially and professionally there is lots of interaction between myself and colleagues, all with similar interests and goals, allowing for collaboration and discussion. The atmosphere at the BBC is fantastic and welcoming, while being fast-paced enough to give a rush of excitement. The course has exceeded my expectations of what I would get to do, and I can't wait for it to develop even further.
4. How valued do you feel by BBC?
The BBC laces a lot of value on the health, wellbeing and happiness of its employees. From day 1 it has been clear that we are free to raise any concerns we may have, and we have been made to feel encouraged and valued after securing a place on our course. There is a great rapport between managers and employees.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
As far as work placements and in-house training go, the programme is well organised and has been fantastic. College has seemed a little less cohesive, but things are slowly starting to become more understandable.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
College has a good network of staff that we can rely on for support, however most on the course tend to contact our managers with the BBC should we need anything. This is not to say there is not support available at college.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The BBC has lots of ways to support us. We have multiple managers/senior staff/departments we can contact if we need support (professional, personal or emotional). It was made clear to us very early on that we must make full use of this service should we need to, and a similar atmosphere exists at college.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is reasonable and is above others in the market. While travelling the BBC covers incurred costs so salary is protected. I find that the salary (for an entry position, at least) is more than sufficient.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in other events or activities outside of work. The programme also gives you knowledge that is usable outside of your role, and which you can spend time improving and developing for leisure.
9a. Would you recommend BBC to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The BBC programme has allowed me to secure a position in an industry I have dreamed of working in, and one that isn't always easy to enter. The atmosphere and working practices of the BBC are exemplary, and the satisfaction that comes from the role is very high. There is also a very good chance of securing a full-time job at the end of the programme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BBC? *
Be Yourself! Take pride and demonstrate your abilities. Don't be afraid to speak at the interview/group process. Appreciate that the course covers a huge spectrum of topics and you need to have a flair and passion for all surrounding areas of the media industry.
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