Kick starting creative careers
Posted 6th July 2012
Interactive media students from HCC have recently returned from an eight week work experience placement with the BBC 2012 Academy. BTEC Interactive Media student Saitheave Ramachandran (pictured) and Abdul Bello from our HND Interactive Media course were part of a select group of 14 learners from across the capital who have been taking part in a Mapping the Change project to boost broadcast journalism skills.
Both have recently completed an eight week long work experience programme within BBC radio that enabled them to but put their HCC learning into practice as well as gaining valuable new experience. They were able to develop new skills in interviewing, editing, production and gained knowledge in various areas from health and safety through to dealing with the legal side of journalism.
During the eight weeks they were tasked with the production of two documentaries, both which were aired on BBC 1Xtra; one showcasing the talent in East London and the other called ‘Hurray I’m a single Mum’.
Both Sainteave and Abdul are now excited about their future and are keen to gain further experience. “Taking part in the scheme has given me the confidence to apply for more work in this field and build up my CV”, says Abdul.
Saitheave knows that without HCC she wouldn’t have had this opportunity and is grateful that students in East London are getting these great opportunities. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after college but his opportunity has opened my eyes to what else is out there and I’m excited to explore career opportunities within radio”.