Name: Siobhan Turner
Degree and university: English and Communications Studies at Liverpool University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Occupation: Runner on a casual contract at the BBC
What do you do in your job?
At the moment I’m looking for audiences for Mastermind. I have to look for places to advertise, mail past contestants and sort out the bookings. I’m also sorting out the biographies for the sixteen contestants and three standbys we use for the series. I have had the chance to do a bit of research on the contestants’ specialist subjects. I also need to send out the rejections, and we have quite a few of these.
Previously, I did work experience on Dragons’ Den and I got the chance to do a variety of things. I dealt with applications, sought free press to advertise we were looking for applicants, looked for new entrepreneurs on the internet, and learned how to use a DV camera to film auditions (something I had never done before because I hadn’t done a practical media course).
What was your motivation in applying?
Well, I started out doing a couple of weeks of work experience on Dragons’ Den when I was still at university. After I’d finished, they rang me to come back to do a couple of weeks casual work for Mastermind and this has since been extended.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy all the different stages in production, with Dragons’ Den I was involved in the filming and applications and enjoyed both of those. It’s useful being able to build up experience. Overall, I see my time here as very valuable and it is something that will add value having on my CV. I really enjoy just being here!
Any advice to readers considering a career in your field?
Definitely do work experience! I’ve realised since being here that a lot of jobs are found through word of mouth, which you will only find out about when you are inside an organisation. Today I received advice on a couple of job applications (one for the BBC and one for ITV) from someone in HR. That is another reason for coming to do the work experience – not only do you pick up new skills and hear of jobs by word of mouth, you also have the chance to network with people and ask their advice. And there’s another thing – treat your work experience as though it was your job! Don’t be afraid to stay late if they need extra help, it shows drive. Work hard and if you impress while you are there then you might be asked back.