“You have to allow yourself to be permeable and to be shaped, partially anyway, by the things around you. Be open to everything – sometimes you have to try different things in order to get to the places you want to be.”
Being ‘open and root-less’ is the key to a successful career in television – so says graduate Ian Casey, who made his first step by moving from Wales for a degree at Edge Hill University.
At his first open day, their Media, Film and Television course caught his attention and he says the tutor’s advice about which degree matched his skills was invaluable.
“It was exactly what I wanted,” says Ian, “a strong mix of theory and practical. My time at Edge Hill was fantastic. It helps shape you as a person, you go through so much necessary and valuable change. The course was challenging and pushes relationships with people to the limit until you really find out how you work. I learned to work with others and find my own morals, and discovered where my true interests lay with film and TV, and worked with others to achieve them.”
Since graduating in 2013, Ian says his life has changed beyond all recognition. He’s been at the forefront of a major switchover of editing systems, also learning the technical side of video journalism which has given him an extensive knowledge of the production and data handling aspects of the business. His long-term plan is to move across from news to drama, then see what future opportunities await him.
He adds: “I first moved to Cardiff to work for BBC Wales News, the second biggest BBC centre out of London, and have since moved again to central London to become Media Manager at BBC World Service. I have changed location and occupation and met so many new people as I’ve expanded my skills.
“You have to allow yourself to be permeable and to be shaped, partially anyway, by the things around you. Be open to everything – sometimes you have to try different things in order to get to the places you want to be.
“And you have to be root-less. If you do not live in a place with great media opportunities, you have to be open to moving to a different location. Things don’t come to you; you have to move to them. It may be hard at first, it may be scary but the pay off and benefits are 2nd to none. Don’t be afraid to start off low, be helpful and talkative. Make yourself known.”