Launching your career after CBJ..
CBJ students were given invaluable advice on how to launch their careers by high-flying journalists and editors from the media industry during a recent Employability Event at Nottingham Trent University.
The illustrious panel, made up of ITV Central’s presenter Matt Teale, Sky Sport’s Adam Leventhal, Nottingham Post editor Mike Sassi, BBC Radio Nottingham’s editor Mike Bettison and Chris Botherton, marketing manager at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, spoke about how to pitch for work and what employers are looking for in candidates.
They answered a range of questions from the student audience including how important is the classification of your degree? What is the best way to impress at interview and what are the most important qualities needed to be a successful journalist?
The over-riding message from all of the guest speakers was the need to prepare for job applications and interviews. All panel members told students they should always thoroughly researching the company, station or newspaper to which they are applying so that they understand the audience and know what will be expected of them.
Mike Sassi said he would always look for candidates who could demonstrate they were independent thinkers, Mike Bettison wanted candidates to be passionate about the job and Matt Teale told students to be prepared for hard work and not to let knock-backs deter them from their goals.
Three former journalism students also attended the event to talk about their experiences since graduating from CBJ.
These were Becky Sheeran, who has worked for BBC East Midlands Today, produces a lucrative and popular beauty blog and is soon to be seen as a presenter on the new local television channel NottsTV; James Clarke, who works for ITV Central and Christian Hewgill, who has worked extensively for regional radio as a freelance reporter and as a video journalist since graudating last year, and has also joined the NottsTV team.
All agreed that the skills, abilities and training they had received during their degree had given them the edge when competing for jobs in the industry.
Carole Fleming, centre director, said she now hoped to make Employability Day an annual event in CBJ’s calendar.