1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I assist the scheduling coordinator of the business. I primarily schedule ADR which is automatic dialogue replacement (when the footage comes back and it's not great i.e. a plane was flying over head in the background and it has to be recorded). When I have more responsibility this will lead to scheduling stages for sound post production. I also am incharge of social media for my building but that is only a minor part.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt how to use an online scheduling system. I am more confident with my interpersonal and presentation skills. I have learnt a vast amount about sound post production and the whole process of making a film from the beginning to release at the end. I have learnt how to be more professional but most importantly maintaining that as you never know who you will meet that day.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love the company I work for and would definitely not want to work anywhere else. Although my job is regular, each programme or film is different so I constantly meet different people and work on different projects. Everyone shares the same passion for film so we all work well because we have the same interests.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The apprentice website online plots out all your assignments and my coach has been great. My apprenticeship seems to be very fluid and flexible allowing me to hand in my assignments when I am ready and same with my catch ups. I was worried it would be like school but it isn't and its all related to my company.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My coach along with my line manager are both extremely approachable and I could feel like I could go to them for anything and they will always give me their time. I feel this way for everyone else in Warner Brothers also not necessarily my direct team. My team are extremely busy so if I want time I have to ask it isn't offered.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My coach so far has been great. He is extremely approachable and always keeps in contact with fast responses. He is very understanding and supportive. They check up with regular e-mails and phone calls so I always keep in contact and feel like I am supported in my job and my apprenticship.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
They really work hand in hand. My assignments so far have been directly related to my company and job role so learning what other colleagues do in the company and shadowing people is absolutely invaluable. It encourages me enormously to be more curious, engaging and proactive and in turn betters me.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There are so many apprenticeship offerings like lunches breakfasts etc but there have also been a lot for specific Warner brothers apprentices which is for my company but works hand in hand with the apprenticeship which is great to meet other like minded people. As for work, we have quizzes and little events/screenings that are fun. We also have things like 10k races for charity etc because WB are very good at looking out for the community and environment etc.
9a. Would you recommend Warner Bros. to a friend?
Warner Brothers is an incredible company. I worked at WB before I started my apprenticeship and I chose another one at WB because I didn't want to leave the company. Everyone member of staff I have met in management seems to have so much time and are very approachable. The company has so many benefits and really looks after it's employees; screenings, events, free equipment etc. You feel like you are part of a family.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Warner Bros.?
Don't try too hard. Don't try to be loud or funny or edgy, just be yourself. They value authenticity and kindness and if you work hard and be proactive you'll go far. It is such a good company to have on your CV and it will open many doors. Remember everyone knows everyone so just be nice and great and you can't go wrong!
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