Of the work experience I have already done, this scheme was without a doubt the most beneficial. Unlike others, the attention was on me and the four other girls doing work experience last week and what we needed to learn about the television industry. There was a very well organised itinerary which included talks, activities and group tasks.
We had talks from areas such as law and PR to give us an insight to different areas that also contribute to television companies. This was particularly helpful for me as I am a passionate photographer and would like to specialise in events and celebrity portraits. I learnt that I could in fact become a photo publicist, where I would be doing just that. This was very helpful as it has helped me to better be able to shape my career path. We were also given tasks which were relevant to the programmes made by Fremantle and are given to researchers. Becoming a junior researcher is one of the entry level positions you can choose when going into the editorial television path so now I know exactly what to expect should I do a researcher job.
One of the activities was shadowing the office runners. When applying for the scheme, I saw the application form for this six month job and made a note to apply for it for when I graduate. Getting an insight into the job description was extremely helpful and it has confirmed my choice to apply. We spent one day in the Amersham office where we shadowed an editor and a colour grader. These are both jobs that I do and that I would like to pursue. The programmes used in the industry are different to those available to me. This has worried me a little bit when looking at entry level job descriptions ready for graduating as companies would like the candidate to have experience using the industry standard programme AVID. The editing activity was thoroughly organised and we were all individually invited to sit at a computer and edit “Escape to the Country” ourselves. After using AVID and seeing that the principles all remain the same and the tools are not actually too difficult to find, I feel much better about going into post-production and I am very happy that I can add AVID skills to my CV.
The most important talk of the week was a careers talk which was led by Lucy, who works in HR and who was responsible for us during the week. Going into television can be extremely confusing because there are many job positions but they are not always clear. It is also not very clear which paths lead to your ideal job. The talk clearly demonstrated the office-based routes into television, and now I know which job roles I do not need to follow as I would like to work in production. We were also given mentors for the week who gave us advice and an insight to what they do. Both of these have helped me to improve my skills when it comes to looking at the bigger picture of a company and seeing where I sit in and how synergy works.
At the end of the week, we split up into groups of two and had to come up with a pitch for a new primetime Saturday night television show, and deliver it to our mentors as well as members of the HR and finance teams. This really improved my teamwork, organisation and forward thinking skills as well as my confidence and public speaking skills.
– Rylie Trott, 3rd year Film and French