“Experience is like gold dust. This is a complicated business and you need to learn even more than you do as a student to succeed.”
Film and Television Production graduate Carys Newton has a pretty impressive CV, including stints with the BBC and sports broadcaster IMG. But what’s perhaps more impressive is that so much of her experience was gained while she was still a student at Edge Hill University.
Carys, who is now working full time in sports broadcasting, says getting that on-the-job exposure is crucial for anyone wanting to get in to this industry as competition for jobs is so fierce. She chose Edge Hill because of its proximity to the BBC in Salford and the quality of its facilities. She also enjoyed the fact students choose their own modules, giving them a bespoke learning environment for their chosen career path.
“I can’t pin point exactly when I decided this was the career I wanted,” says Carys. “I just know I always wanted to work in the media in some form.
“I fell into sports media before I even got to university. I was always a sporty kid, competing in judo and gymnastics at a high level, so I approached a Sky Sports contributor company to see if I could spend a couple of days with them. They agreed and even invited me back. It helped me make sure that I was making the right choice.”
Before graduation, Carys also secured a month-long stint on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, and was chosen for a BBC internship in her second year at Edge Hill. She also applied to be a Games Maker at the 2012 London Olympics and ended up working for the Olympic News Service, arranging media coverage at the Games.
“That one was sheer luck!” adds Carys. “Things just spiralled.”
After graduation, she went travelling to Australia, working in marketing while she was there. She then spotted a graduates’ programme with IMG, applied while she was away and they asked her to fly back for a final interview. She was successful and started working for them in September 2014. She’s a production management assistant, co-ordinating the logistical side of broadcasts around the world.
And she has two top tips for anyone who wants to get into a similar career path – get industry experience and learn a language.
Carys says: “Experience is like gold dust. This is a complicated business and you need to learn even more than you do as a student to succeed. I’d also say learn a second language – this is a global industry and it can be incredibly useful.”
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