Over the last month or so I have been working toward building up my CV and getting references to prove and show for my degree.
As I’m studying BA Journalism at the University of Westminster I thought it would be a good idea to do some work experience now, just before I enter my third year of university.
BBC Radio Suffolk was a fantastic experience and I worked in the BBC Online department. I spent the week in Ipswich and travelled there for 2 hours every day, but it was definitely worth it. I learned a lot and got published online.
Toward the end of my experience I spent some time in the radio studies and built some more connections there.
The team in the office was so friendly and I could tell they had really tight relationships. It was the sort of environment I would like to work in.
Press Association at the Royal Courts of Justice was a different experience altogether – visiting the courts all day and writing up from Press Releases. I worked alongside a more traditional journalist so this was a different perspective on Journalism again.
One thing I can take away from both experiences is just how important it is to have a set of versatile skills and not to just stick to ‘what you know best’. It is important to adapt and shift across different platforms, and having great social skills while being polite and sweet helps to make a good impression also.